Navigation Links
Irish hares fall foul of modern farming trap
Date:6/29/2010

Research from Queen's University Belfast has revealed the 20th century decline in the Irish hare population is almost certainly associated with changes in farming practices.

The Stormont Assembly voted to ban hare coursing in Northern Ireland last Tuesday (22nd June), but a recent study, funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and published in the international journal Biological Conservation, suggests hares may join the ranks of other farmland species, such as the Corncrake, unless more is done to protect its habitat.

The research team, led by Dr Neil Reid, Quercus Centre Manager in Queen's School of Biological Sciences, has shown that hares require an intricate patchwork quilt of good quality grassland for feeding, and tall uneven vegetation, such as rushes, for hiding and sleeping.

Dr Reid explained: "Hares may mistake the tall grass of silage fields as a good spot for lying-up and giving birth. Silage is harvested during the peak period when leverets are born in late spring and early summer and the machinery used may trap and kill young hares, driving local population declines year after year. Hares have fallen foul of an ecological trap."

The researchers tagged a population of hares in South Armagh with radio-transmitters, allowing them to track their every move. They followed the animals day and night for an entire year to see how they changed their habitat preferences. The researchers found that during late spring and early summer they increased their use of long grass destined to be cut for silage.

Dr Reid said: "On a day-to-day basis, hares are remarkably boring creatures to follow. They don't move far and during the daytime they do very little. This is rather worrying, however, if they settle in unsuitable habitat that may present life threatening risks at a certain time of year. We may have forty shades of green in Ireland but we have created what amounts to a desert of grass. Va
'/>"/>

Contact: Donna McCullough
44-289-097-5391
Queen's University Belfast
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Scots and Irish at greater risk of drink-related death, study shows
2. Genome of Irish potato famine pathogen decoded
3. Gene-targeting pioneer Mario Capecchi shares 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine
4. Eat chocolate, drink wine, add fun to life: SLU geriatrician shares secrets of staying young
5. University of Arizona scientist shares in discovery of microbe filaments power
6. Plant microbe shares features with drug-resistant pathogen
7. New study finds catch shares improve consistency, not health, of fisheries
8. More than 1: Long-reigning microbe controlling ocean nitrogen shares the throne
9. Study shows compulsive eating shares addictive biochemical mechanism with cocaine, heroin abuse
10. Winner Medical Group inc. Prices Offering of 1,380,000 Shares of Common Stock
11. Southwest Bancorp, Inc. Announces Pricing of $50 Million Underwritten Public Offering of Common Shares
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/15/2014)... Lithuania , Oct. 15, 2014   ... technologies, today announced the availability of the ... VeriLook Surveillance 3.0 provides real-time biometric face identification ... high-resolution digital surveillance cameras. The new version not ... and differentiates people from objects while they are ...
(Date:10/14/2014)... ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 14, 2014)—It,s been millions of years ... but a team led by Ohio University scientists is ... to model airflow through dinosaur snouts. The research has ... not only breathe but to enhance the sense of ... pretty ,nosy, animals," said Ohio University doctoral student Jason ...
(Date:10/14/2014)... team has discovered a new kind of stem cell that ... lines liver blood vessels, according to a study published today ... of such a cell type contradicts current theory on how ... hold clues to origins of, and future treatment for, liver ... cell into a complex being made up of more than ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):VeriLook Surveillance 3.0 SDK Identifies Faces and Moving Objects, Differentiates Pedestrians from Other Moving Objects in Video Surveillance Systems 2VeriLook Surveillance 3.0 SDK Identifies Faces and Moving Objects, Differentiates Pedestrians from Other Moving Objects in Video Surveillance Systems 3Dinosaur breathing study shows that noses enhanced smelling and cooled brain 2Dinosaur breathing study shows that noses enhanced smelling and cooled brain 3Stem cell discovery challenges dogma on how fetus develops; holds insights for liver cancer and reg 2Stem cell discovery challenges dogma on how fetus develops; holds insights for liver cancer and reg 3
... Gremaud has shown that an alloy of the metals magnesium, ... alloy brings us a step closer to the everyday use ... A hydrogen ,tank, using this alloy would have a relative ... In order to find the best alloy Gremaud developed a ...
... but needs to be activated to function properly in the ... primarily in the kidneys, but a new University of Iowa ... lung airway cells. The study also links the vitamin ... of two genes that help fight infection. The study results ...
... COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. (Mon., Nov. 3, 2008) ... kidney, and reproductive tissues requires experimental systems that allow ... tissues in the laboratory. This month,s issue of ... features two articles with detailed instructions for setting up ...
Cached Biology News:Hydrogen tank lighter than battery 2Lung airway cells activate vitamin D and increase immune response 2Lung airway cells activate vitamin D and increase immune response 3Cold Spring Harbor Protocols features organ and cell culture methods 2
(Date:10/22/2014)... SC (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 ... of its cardiovascular pharmacogenetics menu, which enables healthcare ... outcomes. With PCLS’s evidence-based results, healthcare providers ... and optimize their therapy, while minimizing risks for ... the U.S., according to the FDA [1] more ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... NEW YORK , Oct. 22, 2014 ... Diabetes Federation, approximately 400 million people worldwide are living ... 552 million people by 2030.  The global market for ... In 2012 approximately 330,000 people worldwide died from pancreatic ... of death due to cancer in the ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... 2014 Mapp Biopharmaceutical,s valiant effort to ... to fight the Ebola outbreak will make the ... production of pharmaceuticals can be, according to Kalorama ... while some may be taken aback by the ... industry knowledge are well aware of the complex ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... 2014 , A major pan-European ... the delivery of care has revealed changing trends in ... in the provision of healthcare services across the continent. ... United European Gastroenterology (UEG), have been announced today and ... of the burden of GI disorders across ...
Breaking Biology Technology:PCLS Announces Expansion of Cardiovascular Pharmacogenetic Testing Menu 2PCLS Announces Expansion of Cardiovascular Pharmacogenetic Testing Menu 3Nuvilex Brief Analyst Report: Thinking Outside the Box by BrokerBank Securities, Inc. 2Kalorama: ZMapp Highlights Need For Faster Biopharmaceutical Production 2Kalorama: ZMapp Highlights Need For Faster Biopharmaceutical Production 3Major Survey Reveals Changing Trends and Inequalities in Healthcare Provision for Gastrointestinal Disorders Across Europe 2Major Survey Reveals Changing Trends and Inequalities in Healthcare Provision for Gastrointestinal Disorders Across Europe 3Major Survey Reveals Changing Trends and Inequalities in Healthcare Provision for Gastrointestinal Disorders Across Europe 4Major Survey Reveals Changing Trends and Inequalities in Healthcare Provision for Gastrointestinal Disorders Across Europe 5
... New Mexico-based biotechnology company, has selected the Waisman ... vaccine. , ,Located at the University of ... designed to manufacture clinical-grade biological pharmaceutical products for Phase ... have clinical trials underway before the end of next ...
... value-added move aimed at media-savvy students, the mobile ... Sonic Foundry has introduced new podcasting ... communications product. , ,The latest release of ... media company, calls Mediasite Podcast. The new product ...
... big business (untold billions of dollars every year), they also ... of the fundamental ethical principle of informed consent ... is that conducting a clinical trial carries with it the ... positive or negative or even if the clinical trial is ...
Cached Biology Technology:What patients want: A story of choice, clinical trials & evidence-based medicine 2What patients want: A story of choice, clinical trials & evidence-based medicine 3What patients want: A story of choice, clinical trials & evidence-based medicine 4What patients want: A story of choice, clinical trials & evidence-based medicine 5
Weinreb Linker...
Goat anti-VAV2 Class: Antibody Product Group: Miscellaneous Antibody...
Anti-Human Factor XIII HRPO (Polyclonal) (sheep IgG)...
Rabbit polyclonal to M13 Bacteriophage Coat Proteins ( Abpromise for all tested applications)....
Biology Products: