Eilidh Smith

Eilidh Smith

Glen Lyon, Scotland

Conservation Ecology Group (CEG), Durham University

PhD Student

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Thanks Mark! That's interesting, I suspect that's something to do with experiment.com's notification system so hopefully not an issue with my email. I will look into though, thank you!
May 24, 2022
The effect of human activity on red deer in the Scottish mountains
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Hi Cindy, thanks for your interest and contribution! In answer to your question, I think it is unlikely there would be a positive effect on the deer from human activity here, although if we had large predators it would be possible that the deer could benefit if humans were deterring predators (e.g https://scholarworks.umt.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1291&context=biosci_pubs). A neutral response could be considered habituation/increase in tolerance to human presence, or a simple shift in periods of activity to avoid humans - so far I've seen little evidence of habituation, but some suggestion of avoidance. These "neutral" responses could easily occur alongside the negatives, depending on individual variation (such as some animals being more sensitive than others), and also dependent on time of year (for example the cost of disturbance may be higher during calving season). And of course, all this change in deer behaviour could be positive, neutral, or negative for habitat integrity in the study site, by limiting their presence in sensitive areas, or away from them, or simply changing the timing of them being there rather than the duration. I'm really excited to see what the data shows, and fingers crossed for some collar data as well! Kind regards from the middle of nowhere, Scotland.
Apr 21, 2022
The effect of human activity on red deer in the Scottish mountains
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