Ecology Research

At BiOME, our partners are committed to ecological research to aid conservation initiatives. In addition to our consultancy projects, we undertake extensive research and survey work; examples of some of our on-going studies are below:

Norfolk Yellow-necked Mouse Survey

We have identified ancient woodland/re-planted ancient woodland plots throughout Norfolk and are currently surveying this preferred habitat using small mammal traps to establish more exactly the distribution of this species within the county.

Bat migration

We have a long-held interest in bat migration and have launched various projects along these lines including teaming up with Gardline Marine Sciences Ltd to survey for migrating bats over the Dogger Bank sea area of the North Sea. 

Norfolk Polecat Survey

BiOME joined forces with Vincent Wildlife Trust as part of their national Polecat survey that took place in 2014 and 2015. We have been completing extensive camera-trapping surveys and road casualty searches for this expanding species since January 2014.

Brown Clee Breeding Bird Project

An ongoing monitoring project assessing the changing distributions of an upland bird community in southeast Shropshire, with a particular focus on Curlew and Snipe.

Bats and mammals in Morocco

Bats and mammals of southern Morocco and Western Sahara. A long-term study of the mammal fauna of this little-studied region in the southwest of the Western Palearctic zoogeographical region.

Winter bat activity

Winter bat activity in small ancient woodland plots in Norfolk. We are currently trialling the feasibility of a large-scale study into bat activity in small ancient woodland plots in Norfolk. Our focus will be on Barbastelle bat as Richard is a committee member and ‘Winter Sites Officer’ for the Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group.


Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

Books:

  • Owen, M.R (eds). Shropshire Ornithological Society Annual Reports 2006-present. (Richard has contributed numerous species accounts to these annual bird reports and acted as a sub-editor).
  • Moores, R.D. (2007). Where to Watch Mammals in Britain and Ireland. Christopher Helm – A&C Black Publishing, London.
  • The Birds of Shropshire – Martyn is on the editorial committee for this forthcoming publication whilst Richard has contributed 14 species accounts.

Papers:

  • Perrow, M R. Skeate, E. R. Lines, P. Brown, D. Tomlinson, M. L. (2006) Radio telemetry as a tool for impact assessment of wind farms: the case of Little Terns Sterna albifrons at Scroby Sands, Norfolk, UK Ibis Vol 148 pp. 57-75(19) Buy paper online
  • Scott, D M. Brown, D. Mahood, S. Denton, B., Silburn A., Rakotondraparany F. (2006) The impacts of spiny forest clearance on lizard, small mammal and bird communities in arid spiny forest, southern Madagascar. Biological Conservation Vol 127 pp. 72-87
  • Wynn, R.B, Brown, D. Thomas, G Holt, C, Hanssen, S.A. Gilg, O. Moe, B. (2014) Spring migration routes of Long-tailed Skuas around and across the UK – results of observational and tracking data. British Birds 107 220-228
  • Moores, R.D. & Brown, D. (2014). A range reinforcement of Lesser Leaf-nosed Bat Hipposideros (caffer) tephrus in the lower reaches of the Oued Noun and further mammal records from the Western Anti-Atlas. Go-South Bulletin, 11: 19-30 Download paper free
  • Moores, R.D. & Brown, D. (2013). African Savannah Hare Lepus microtis near Tan-Tan – a new mammal species for North Moroccan Atlantic Sahara. Go-South Bulletin, 10: 263-265 Download paper free
  • Moores, R.D. & Brown, D. (2013). Range extension, identification and habitat of Occidental Gerbil Gerbillus occiduus. Go-South Bulletin, 10: 27-28
  • Moores. R.D., Brown. D., Martin. R. & Lees A.C. (2012). Status and identification of hares Lepus sp. in Western Sahara and southern Morocco. Go-South Bulletin, 9: 126-130. Download paper free
  • Moores. R.D., Brown. D. & Martin. R. (2012). New data on the terrestrial mammals of the Oued Ad-Dehab region of Western Sahara. Go-South Bulletin, 9: 133-135. Download paper free
  • Moores, R.D & Lees, A.C. Arctic Pinnipeds in British Waters – identification, dispersal mechanisms and implications for disease transmission.
  • Lees, A.C. & Moores, R.D. (2006). Identification and status of Dunn's Lark Eremalauda dunni in North Africa. British Birds. 99: 482-484.

Selected non Peer-reviewed Publications:

  • Owen, M.R. & Moores, R.D. (2011). The Crimea, Ukraine. Shropshire Ornithological Society Bulletin. Spring 2011 edition.
  • Owen, M.R. (2014) Breedign Common Terns at Chelmarsh Reservoir. Shropshire Ornithological Society Bulletin. winter 2014 edition.
  • Moores, R.D. & Lees, A.C. (2007). Just Deserts. Birding in the Western Sahara at the southern limit of the Western Palaearctic. Birdwatch, vol. 16, no.3, 2007.
  • Moores, R.D. (2005). The natural history of Cranmere Bog, Shropshire. Shropshire Ornithological Society Bulletin. November 2005 edition.
  • Gilroy, J.G., Moores, R.D., & Mahood, S.P. (2003). Silver Linings. Discussion of whether the last decades many Pallid Harriers Circus macrourus is a one-off phenomenon or a lasting trend. Also discussion of the theory that the Pallid Harrier has increased in Europe as a result of habitat destruction in its natural range. Birdwatch, vol. 12, no. 6, 2003.