Dee Estuary

Bird species included in model

Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Environmental issues simulated

Shellfishery management and natural variation changing habitat area and availability time, and food quality

Recommendations from modelling

Shellfishery management needs to reserve over 2 times more shellfish biomass than consumed by Oystercatcher populations.

More information

West, A.D. and McGrorty, S., 2003. Marine monitoring project: Modelling osytercatchers and their food on the Dee Estuary, Traeth Lafan and Burry Inlet Spa to inform target setting and site management, Centre of Ecology and Hydrology, Dorchester, Dorset.

Stillman, R.A. and Wood, K.A., 2013. Predicting oystercatcher food requirements on the Dee Estuary. A report to Natural Resources Wales, Bournemouth University, Poole, Dorset.


Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales