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Using integrated population modelling in conservation monitoring: A case study in the common dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius)

Harris, WE and Combe, FJ and Bird, S (2015) Using integrated population modelling in conservation monitoring: A case study in the common dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius). Folia Zoologica, 64 (4). pp. 330-336. ISSN 0139-7893

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Abstract

© 2014, Czech Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Integrated Population Modelling (IPMs) is a computational method for estimating population and demographic parameters that can improve precision relative to traditional methods. Here we compare the precision of IPM to traditional mark-recapture analysis to estimate population parameters in the common dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius). This species is relatively rare across its European range and field estimation of demographic parameters can be challenging, as several parts of the life history are difficult to observe in the field. We develop an IPM model incorporating dormouse nest counts and offspring counts, which is data often recorded as a standard part of dormouse nest box monitoring. We found a significant improvement in precision in the estimation of demographic parameters using IPM compared to standard mark-recapture estimation. We discuss our results in the context of common dormouse conservation monitoring.

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