The Wash Bird Decline Investigation 2014
. Principle project aims; Produce a description of overwintering resource requirements for each of the species of concern (autecology) that relate to that species’ use of the estuary eg food type/abundance/quality, relationship between feeding and roost areas, sensitivity to disturbance.
This deadline is for…Interest in tendering
Contract value: £10,000 – £40,000
Location where the contract is to be carried out:England Lincolnshire
Is this suitable for smaller suppliers?Yes
Name of the buying organisation:Natural England
Description of the contract
Summary of project: There is increasing evidence suggesting that populations of many of the nationally and internationally important wintering and passage bird species within the Wash SSSI/SPA/Ramsar site are in decline. For some of these species the decline seems to be either greater than regional or national trends or contrary to those wider trends. Reasons for these declines or changes in distribution are many, varied and probably multifaceted, and likely to be linked to changes in the availability of resources such as food quality and quantity, and location and availability of suitable roost sites both within and outside the estuary. The reasons for the observed bird declines are yet to be clearly identified and measures needed to redress the issues cannot be formulated without better understanding of the influences on population change. Management intervention is however likely to be key to the recovery of the estuary populations, ensuring better ecological resilience to respond to anthropogenic and natural change. This project collates the existing literature and expert knowledge in the principal factors limiting resource availability and affecting the distribution of each of the waterbird species of concern in the Wash SPA, in order to identify the major influences of the observed population declines within the estuary and to recommend conservation measures and actions that could redress these issues. Principle project aims; Produce a description of overwintering resource requirements for each of the species of concern (autecology) that relate to that species’ use of the estuary eg food type/abundance/quality, relationship between feeding and roost areas, sensitivity to disturbance, reliance on terrestrial habitats beyond the boundary of the SPA etc. Identify any gaps in existing knowledge which are a barrier to understanding why these declines are taking place. Recommend conservation measures and actions that could ameliorate the declining population trends.
Classification of the contract
73000000Research and development services and related consultancy services
Contract type:Services – Unspecified
Is it a framework agreement?No
Is this contract related to a programme of funding?Yes : IPENS
Contract will be awarded based on:Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents
Estimated length of contract:3 Months