Throughout Europe, bird populations are declining, and migratory species seem to be particularly vulnerable. This might be because they are exposed to so many different threats on the course of their annual movements.
Interestingly, some birds appear to be changing their migratory behaviour, perhaps in response to human impacts like climate change. For some species, an increasing proportion of individuals are choosing to spend the whole year in their European breeding grounds, rather than heading south with the rest of the population.
Migratory movements of our study species, the Lesser Kestrel
In this project, we are attempting to understand how and why these birds make decisions about migration, and what this means for their future. You can read more about this exciting work in the 'About' page, read updates on progress in 'News' and find out more about project members on the 'People' page.