Woodland Birds, Science and Conservation

Paul Bellamy

We will be meeting in person in Room 109 in the Palmer Building at usual, but you can also join remotely via Zoom if you prefer.  Please click here to join the meeting. You can join from 7.45 pm and the meeting will start at 8 pm.  You will be muted when you join; please stay muted except when you have been asked to unmute, for recent sightings, questions, etc.

This talk will look at the pressures affecting woodlands and woodland birds, work being done to understand and reduce these pressures including woodland management, and finally look at projects to identify causes of declines and turn this into conservation action for some of our priority species including Hawfinch, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Willow Tit.

Paul Bellamy is a Senior Conservation Scientist at RSPB specialising in research into Lowland Broadleaved woodland and Forestry. Current projects include monitoring woodland management grants for biodiversity, causes of declines in UK Hawfinch, habitat restoration for Willow Tit, and ways of increasing breeding success for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. The results of his work lead directly into RSPB land management advice and policy. It also feeds directly in to Defra, Forestry Commission and Natural England policies and practice as co-funders and project partners for many projects.