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Louise Soanes among the seabirds of Dog Island
Louise Soanes, PhD student from the University’s School of Environmental Sciences, is photographed here walking through a colony of Frigate birds on Dog Island, near Anguilla in the Caribbean, as part of a collaborative project on the protection of the region’s seabirds.
The population of seabirds on the Island, such as Frigates and Brown Boobies, have been under threat from rats that were found to be eating the seabird eggs. Following a rat eradication programme, Louise, working with Dr Jonathan Green, has joined with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and Anguilla National Trust to conserve and protect Anguilla’s seabirds.
Louise said: “We are monitoring seabirds on Dog Island to provide baseline data on seabird abundance to understand if eradicating the rat problem on the Island has had a positive impact on the seabird breeding populations.
“Brown Boobies are the most abundant bird species on the Island, with more than 1,000 breeding pairs. We are using GPS tracking of the Brown Boobies, which has provided the first data of its kind in the Caribbean, and will enable us to better understand the foraging behaviour of this species and its key foraging areas.”
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