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Contrasting sensitivity of nestling and fledgling Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica body mass to local weather conditions (2020)
Journal Article
Facey, R. J., Vafidis, J. O., Smith, J. A., Vaughan, I. P., & Thomas, R. J. (in press). Contrasting sensitivity of nestling and fledgling Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica body mass to local weather conditions. Ibis, https://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12824

Local weather can influence the growth and development of young birds either indirectly, by modifying prey availability, or directly, by affecting energetic trade-offs. Such effects can have lasting implications for life history traits, but the natur... Read More about Contrasting sensitivity of nestling and fledgling Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica body mass to local weather conditions.

Climate change and insectivore ecology (2019)
Book Chapter
Vafidis, J., Smith, J., & Thomas, R. (2019). Climate change and insectivore ecology. In Encyclopaedia of Life SciencesJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470015902.a0028030

The impacts of climate change on natural populations are only beginning to be understood. Although some important changes are already occurring, in the future these are predicted to be more substantial and of greater ecological significance. Insects... Read More about Climate change and insectivore ecology.

Supplemental food alters nest defence and incubation behaviour of an open-nesting wetland songbird (2018)
Journal Article
Vafidis, J., Facey, R., Leech, D., & Thomas, R. (2018). Supplemental food alters nest defence and incubation behaviour of an open-nesting wetland songbird. Journal of Avian Biology, 49(8), e01672. https://doi.org/10.1111/jav.01672

© 2018 The Authors Climate-driven increases in spring temperatures are expected to result in higher prey availability earlier in the breeding season for insectivorous birds breeding in wetland habitats. Predation during the incubation phase is a majo... Read More about Supplemental food alters nest defence and incubation behaviour of an open-nesting wetland songbird.

The effectiveness of deterrent measures to minimize disturbance impacts to breeding European nightjar at an upland wind farm site in South Wales, UK (2017)
Journal Article
Shewring, M. P., & Vafidis, J. (2017). The effectiveness of deterrent measures to minimize disturbance impacts to breeding European nightjar at an upland wind farm site in South Wales, UK

The Pen y Cymoedd windfarm in South Wales, UK, is set in an upland area currently dominated by coniferous forestry with a varied age structure resulting from standard forestry management practices. The site supports an important population of Europe... Read More about The effectiveness of deterrent measures to minimize disturbance impacts to breeding European nightjar at an upland wind farm site in South Wales, UK.


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