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#BOU2016   |   URBAN BIRDS

pressures, processess and consequences

5 - 7 April 2016  |  Leicester, UK


Urban development is one of the most transformative human land uses. It already dominates much of the globe, and urban areas will continue to expand rapidly, including in biodiversity hotspots. This poses enormous challenges to biodiversity conservation and urban planning. Urbanisation simultaneously provides opportunities for researchers to understand how species cope with, and adapt to, extreme and often novel selection pressures including habitat loss and fragmentation, pollution (noise, heat, light and chemical), altered biotic interactions (with pathogens, predators and prey) and interactions with people. Understanding how wildlife responds to urban life has become a global research priority, and ornithology is at the forefront of this research frontier.

This conference will bring together ornithologists, conservation biologists, evolutionary ecologists, and behavioural ecologists from academic and NGO sectors to showcase the latest developments in urban avian research and conservation.

The conference will cover a diverse range of topics including the following:

  • Urban bird monitoring and population trends;
  • Mechanisms structuring urban bird communities;
  • The demography of urban birds;
  • Gene flow, population sources and sinks;
  • Urban pressures and avian adaptation;
  • Behavioural, physiological and evolutionary processes;
  • Human-avian interactions;
  • Future perspectives for managing urban landscapes.

The conference will be international in scope and is aimed at researchers and students, conservation organisations, statutory government agencies and those engaged in policy, advocacy and conservation management. It will provide opportunities to share high quality science, network and discuss new ideas. Whilst the conference focuses on avian research and conservation, much of the discussion will be relevant to participants whose core interest concerns taxonomic groups other than birds.

Image: Great Tit Â© Luc Viatour via Wikimedia Commons
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Urban Birds: pressures, processes and consequences is a conference organised for the BOU by Karl Evans (Chair: University of Sheffield, UK), Prof John Sadler (University of Birmingham), Kate Plummer (BTO, UK) and Niall Burton (BTO, UK).
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