The Oystercatcher: From Individuals to Populations by John D. Goss-Custard

The Oystercatcher: From Individuals to Populations

EditorJohn D. Goss-Custard

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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This book reviews what is known about the behaviour and population ecology of a popular shorebird, from a scientific conservation perspective. The plight of this bird highlights the many conflicts of interest in coastal zones, between human activities such as shellfishing, land reclamation,barrage construction, and industrial pollution, and the needs of wildlife for food and suitable habitats. As well as detailing Oystercatcher natural history - including the well-known specialization in feeding technique shown by individuals - the authors use their field studies of individualvariations in behaviour to produce population models. This novel approach provides tools for predicting how populations will respond to the many environmental changes to which the coastal zone is subject. It thus can play a role in coastal management schemes that seek to balance the needs ofpeople and wildlife, and suggests that the same methods can be applied in other situtations. The volume contains fifteen well-integrated chapters by an international team of contributors, and is fully referenced.

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John D. Goss-Custard is at Furzebrook Research Station, Wareham, Dorset.
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Title:The Oystercatcher: From Individuals to PopulationsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:452 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198546475

ISBN - 13:9780198546474

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Individual Adaptations1. Food and feeding behaviour2. Prey size selection and intake rate3. Specialization4. Feeding with other Oystercatchers5. Where to feed6. How Oystercatchers survive the winter7. Why do Oystercatchers migrate?8. Life history decisions during the breeding season9. Rearing to independence10. Haematopus ostralegus in perspective: comparisons with other OystercatchersPart II: Population Ecology11. Oystercatchers and man in the coastal zone12. The carrying capacity of coastal habitats for Oystercatchers13. Population dynamics: predicting the consequences of habitat change at the continental scaleConclusionsReferencesIndex

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`This volume presents a comprehensive review of the behaviour and population ecology of the oystercatchers.'Biological Abstracts, vol.49, issue 8, 1997