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Bird invaders 'moving in' to UK's nature reserves
Date:5/13/2014

e is to identify which of the non-native species are going to cause problems. The introduced North American Ruddy Duck disproportionately colonised protected areas and is a potential threat to the native European White-Headed Duck. In contrast, the colourful Mandarin Duck is less frequently associated with reserves, and is unlikely to cause ecological damage even when it does colonise them."

Co-author Dr Richard Bradbury, from the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, said: "This is more evidence that investment in protected areas works, and its importance will not be diminished by climate change. It is reassuring that these places don't provide similar welcome mats for invading non-native species, but the subsequent pattern of movement into these areas shows that early action to tackle non-natives is vital."

The seven established non-native species in the UK are: Canada Goose Branta Canadensis; Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus; Black Swan Cygnus atratus; Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata; Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis; Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis and Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina.


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Contact: David Garner
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University of York
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