Navigation Links
Largest lake in Britain and Ireland has lost three-quarters of winter water birds
Date:11/13/2013

The largest lake in Britain and Ireland, Lough Neagh, has lost more than three quarters of its overwintering water birds according to researchers at Queen's University Belfast.

The study by Quercus, Northern Ireland's Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, found the number of diving ducks migrating to the lake for the winter months has dropped from 100,000 to less than 21,000 in the space of a decade.

The research, published in the journal Freshwater Biology, found the ecosystem of the lake has dramatically changed since 2000/01 leading to a huge decline in the numbers of insects and snails living at the bottom of the lake. This combined with the effects of global climate change dramatically affected the numbers of migratory and overwintering water birds, a feature for which the lake is designated a Special Protection Area.

Dr Irena Tomnkov, from Quercus at the School of Biological Sciences at Queen's and who led the study, said: "Our research found there was a 66 per cent decline in the numbers of insects and snails in the lake and that this was associated with a decline of algae. As the water birds, which migrate from Northern and Eastern Europe to spend the winter months on the lake, depend on these invertebrates, we partly attribute their decline to the lack of food as well as the effects of climate change.

"Historically the lake was heavily affected by organic pollution as a result of nutrients from agricultural run-off. This artificially boosted its productivity. Now that conservation schemes are beginning to have an effect and reduce levels of pollution we are seeing increasing water quality and the unexpected consequence is fewer invertebrates and as a result less duck food."

An associated study published earlier this year showed that numbers of some key water bird species declined throughout south-western Europe at the same time as numbers equally dramatically increased in north-eastern Europe. The reason is that w
'/>"/>

Contact: Claire O'Callaghan
c.ocallaghan@qub.ac.uk
Queen's University Belfast
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Baylor, DNAnexus, Amazon Web Services collaboration enables largest-ever cloud-based analysis of genomic data
2. Largest therapy trial worldwide: Psychotherapy treats anorexia effectively
3. UCSF establishes largest endowed program for Ph.D. education in history of UC
4. Worlds largest event for bone, muscle, and joint research and practice to be held in Spain
5. ChipCares handheld analyzer attracts one of Canadas largest-ever healthcare angel investments
6. Renaissance in new drugs for rare diseases: Report in worlds largest scientific socity magazine
7. Worlds largest meeting dedicated to osteoporosis and osteoarthritis opens in Rome
8. 8 M € from EU to enhance access by scientists to the largest European biobanks
9. Tracking sediments fate in largest-ever dam removal
10. Color in fossil insects, diamonds from the ancient ocean floor and modeling the worlds largest rivers
11. Paradise found for Latin Americas largest land mammal
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/15/2014)... --Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/87pph8/global_facial ) ... Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019" report to their ... Facial recognition is a technology used ... measures the overall facial feature of a person ... distance between eyes. Facial recognition is used for ...
(Date:12/11/2014)... ST. PAUL, Minn. , Dec. 10, 2014 ... in wireless physiologic monitoring, has released a new ... changing needs of preclinical toxicology researchers. M series, ... to help toxicologists collect the best possible physiologic ... studies. Adding functional endpoints to toxicology ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... Dec. 9, 2014 CIE San Diego has ... provides the connective tissue that enhances care coordination among ... easily share client-level information; earned a second $1 million ... organizations serving seniors aging in community and; will be ... December 11 th 4-6p. CIE San ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, Cognitec Systems, NEC and Safran Group 2Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, Cognitec Systems, NEC and Safran Group 3New telemetry implants expected to change how large animal toxicology studies are conducted 2Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 2Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 3Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 4
... the University of California, San Diego developed an explanation ... others in the brains of people with Alzheimer,s disease. ... on November 21, come from detailed models of ... at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. ...
... Century of Change, literally took 100 years to write. The ... 1906-1909. It was repeated from 1956-1958 and a technical book ... of that first survey was approaching, ornithologists Mike Ward, Jeff ... opportunity to do it again and write a book, this ...
... to the seafloor provide a feast for deep-sea animals ... such "whale falls" were homes for unique animals that ... in Monterey Canyon, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium ... at these sites were not unique to whale falls, ...
Cached Biology News:Metabolism models may explain why Alzheimer's disease kills some neuron types first 2Metabolism models may explain why Alzheimer's disease kills some neuron types first 3New book on 100 years of Illinois birds 2New book on 100 years of Illinois birds 3New book on 100 years of Illinois birds 4Fleshing out the life histories of dead whales 2Fleshing out the life histories of dead whales 3Fleshing out the life histories of dead whales 4
(Date:12/22/2014)... Dec. 22, 2014  ( www.competitivehealth.com ) — Competitive ... medical bill review and advocacy service, has signed an ... WellCard Savings discount health services marketplace. 63% ... more than they expected to pay. As part of ... costs, WellCard Savings is pleased to offer medical bill ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... 22, 2014 Fertility Associates of Memphis ... Bank USA , a network of more than 20 ... partnership, patients have fast access to a national pool ... IVF . Fertility Associates of Memphis is the only ... treatment option. , Dr. William Kutteh , director ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy (BioPlus), one ... of Nick Maroulis, Pharm.D. to the newly created position ... In this position, Dr. Maroulis will continue to manage ... of our multi-site pharmacies as the company expands. Dr. ... that time he has served in many different capacities ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... Dec. 19, 2014 Bina Technologies, Inc. (Bina, ... that they have been acquired by Roche (SIX: RO, ... privately held company that provides a big data platform ... (NGS) data for the academic and translational research markets. ... and will continue to focus on development of their ...
Breaking Biology Technology:WellCard Savings Announces CoPatient Medical Bill Review Service for Members 2Fertility Associates of Memphis Announces Partnership with Donor Egg Bank USA 2Fertility Associates of Memphis Announces Partnership with Donor Egg Bank USA 3BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Promotes Dr. Nick Maroulis to Vice President of Specialty Pharmacy Services 2Bina Technologies is acquired by Roche. 2Bina Technologies is acquired by Roche. 3
... healthcare system may undermine any progress in patient care made ... a featured speaker at this week's Digital Healthcare Conference ... president and CEO of the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, ... healthcare delivery. As he outlined the remaining barriers to the ...
... Household planning will accomplish more in preparing ... avian flu than will any reliance on information technology, ... were told. , ,Panelists talked about being three years ... mitigate the effects of a flu pandemic, which would ...
... told a gathering of health professionals attending the eHealth ... the first state to have a fully integrated electronic ... overcome barriers. , ,Speaking before a group of healthcare ... the state's eHealth Initiative, Doyle said those barriers include ...
Cached Biology Technology:U.S. health system could undermine EHR progress 2U.S. health system could undermine EHR progress 3IT may take a back seat in fighting avian flu 2IT may take a back seat in fighting avian flu 3IT may take a back seat in fighting avian flu 4Doyle asks health professionals to overcome barriers 2Doyle asks health professionals to overcome barriers 3
... Large (Klenow) Fragment, Exonuclease Minus, is a ... 5´→3´ and the 3´→5´ exonuclease activities present ... (1,2). It is used for random primer ... (5). Klenow Fragment, Exonuclease Minus, will leave ...
... 8-iso PGE2 is one of several isoprostanes ... is a potent renal vasoconstrictor in the rat. ... with IC50 values of 0.5 and 5 µM, ... the rat at a concentration of 4 mg/kg/min, ...
DNA Polymerase I Large (Klenow) Fragment is a DNA polymerase that lacks the 5'Cut Site3' exodeoxyribonuclease activity of intact DNA Polymerase I but it contains the 3'Cut Site5' exodeoxyribonuclease...
... offers both high-speed and high-volume versatility ... rotor options, making it ideal for a ... Versatility , High-speed (up to 15,000 ... high-volume (4 x 250mL) swinging bucket rotors ...
Biology Products: