24.09.2018 EUCAW Speakers

The RSPB and Argos – an overview of using satellite telemetry in scientific research

At the European User Conference on Argos Wildlife (EUCAW), Nigel Butcher will discuss how the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has benefitted from the Argos tracking system. His work, although primarily focussed on species in the UK and UK Overseas Territory (UKOT’s), does also involve work globally.

In his role as Senior Technical Officer within the Centre for Conservation Science since 2000, Nigel Butcher recommends and develops technology to achieve the RSPB’s conservation goals. Understanding the needs of species through research and protection are key areas of his work and Argos satellite PTT’s have been integral. In recent times he has become more involved with the interrogation/analysis of the Argos data. In his presentation, he will discuss three of the many tracking projects that the RSPB have undertaken: Sociable lapwing, Hen harrier and Turtle dove and highlight some of the success they have achieved with these species.

Using the Argos goniometer

One of the main interests with the Hen harriers has been finding downed birds for post-mortem analysis using the goniometer.

 


Dr. Nigel Butcher

“As Senior Technical Officer within the Centre for Conservation Science since 2000, I recommend and develop technology to achieve our conservation goals. Understanding the needs of species through research and protection are key areas of my work and satellite PTT’s have been integral. In recent times I have become more involved with the interrogation/analysis of the Argos data. This fascinates and challenges me as accurately understanding the results is essential to our work.”

 


 

Useful links

RSPB uses drone to keep watch on Britain’s vulnerable birds, The Guardian

The inventor who helps the birds, BBC

GPS tracking reveals temporal patterns in breeding season habitat use and activity of a globally Near Threatened wader, the Eurasian Curlew. Wader Study Dec 2017

 

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