Stage: Monitoring disturbance and sources of disturbance in the Wadden Sea

Large numbers of birds depend on the Wadden Sea for their survival. When feeding during low tide, or resting during high tide, they may be disturbed by birds of prey, walkers, cyclists, cars, boats and airplanes. The aim of this thesis/internship is to improve the monitoring of disturbance and sources of disturbance in the Wadden Sea. To this end, available data sets will be analysed and field data will be collected to evaluate and improve current methods of monitoring disturbance and sources of disturbances. Much work will focus on the Mok, a mudflat area on the south side of Texel, where bird numbers and sources of disturbance have been monitored since 1983. This unique long-term data series will be analysed with regard to trends in disturbance and their impact on numbers and distribution of the birds in the Mok. In addition, field data will be collected to interpret results. More information on website oogvoorhetwad.nl.

  • Start thesis/internship: february 2018
  • Duration: 4-6 months
  • University (research/applied sciences/professional education)
  • Please send your resume
  • Contact: Bruno Ens