Newell, M.; Harris, M.P.; Wanless, S.; Burthe, S.; Bogdanova, M.; Gunn, C.M.; Daunt, F.

The Isle of May long-term study (IMLOTS) seabird annual return rate 1988-2016

This dataset contains calculated return rates for five seabird species from representative colonies on the Isle of May, off the East coast of Scotland. Annual return rates are measured as the number of individually colour marked individuals seen in any one year that were also observed in the previous year for the Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica), common guillemot (Uria aalge), razorbill (Alca torda), European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) and black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla). Not every individual is seen in any one year and the data set does not take into account those missed in any previous years hence these data are not to be treated as survival estimates.

The Isle of May long-term study (IMLOTS) aims to identify the impact of environmental change on seabirds and their associated ecosystems. Understanding the mechanisms underlying variation in seabird population size requires a thorough knowledge of demographic parameters, namely birth rates, death rates, immigration and emigration. The effects of environmental change are likely to be different according to which demographic parameter or life history stage is being considered. This complexity means that only long-term monitoring, such as that carried out on the Isle of May, will allow us to understand the functioning of bird populations and their responses to environmental change.

Publication date: 2016-11-01

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You must cite: Newell, M.; Harris, M.P.; Wanless, S.; Burthe, S.; Bogdanova, M.; Gunn, C.M.; Daunt, F. (2016). The Isle of May long-term study (IMLOTS) seabird annual return rate 1988-2016. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/53251b3c-6c79-4aeb-a0de-fc63b9350cc1

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
1988-01-01    to    2016-09-30

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Quality

Lineage
Data collected by CEH staff. All fieldwork, sampling and data handling was carried out by experienced and trained staff to defined protocols agreed to meet the objectives of the work. All data was collected in the field in notebooks and field data sheets. These were transcribed to spreadsheets after each check was made and files backed up to CEH directories. All notebooks and fieldsheets are archived at CEH Edinburgh.

The Isle of May is one of four key UK seabird monitoring sites supported by the JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee). CEH has an on-going contract with JNCC to collect data on seabird demography and diet. The data, including that on annual breeding success, feed into the national Seabird Monitoring Programme network.

Authors

Newell, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Harris, M.P.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wanless, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Burthe, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bogdanova, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Gunn, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Daunt, F.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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Point Of Contact
Daunt, F.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bush Estate
Penicuik
Midlothian
EH26 0QB
United Kingdom
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre

Spatial

Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid

Keywords

Topic categories
Biota
Other keywords
Atlantic puffin
Common guillemot
Razorbill
European shag
Black-legged kittiwake
CEH Topic
Biodiversity
INSPIRE Theme
Species Distribution
Place keywords
Isle of May
Project keywords
Isle of May long-term study (IMLOTS)
Taxon keywords
Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Uria aalge
Fratercula arctica
Rissa tridactyla
Alca torda

Dataset identifiers

https://catalogue.ceh.ac.uk/id/53251b3c-6c79-4aeb-a0de-fc63b9350cc1
doi:10.5285/53251b3c-6c79-4aeb-a0de-fc63b9350cc1

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Francis Daunt
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Last updated
2018-06-11T15:35:39