Development of MSFD Indicators, Baselines and Target for the Annual breeding Success of Kittiwakes in the UK (2012) 2014
Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) are considered to be highly sensitive to changes in food supplies as they show little ability to exploit alternative fish species if their main prey is unavailable; therefore they are an excellent candidate for an indicator species of sandeel availability. Previous work by Frederiksen et al (2004, 2007) found kittiwake breeding success in eastern Scotland and eastern England to be significantly negatively correlated with local mean winter Sea Surface Temperature (SST) during February and March of the previous year.
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2014·10·01
Cook, A.S.C.P., Dadam, D. & Robinson, R.A. 2014., Development of MSFD Indicators, Baselines and Target for the Annual breeding Success of Kittiwakes in the UK (2012), JNCC Report No. 538, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.
This report covers the development of an approach to derive an indicator of kittiwake breeding success for both the Greater North Sea and Celtic Seas sub-regions.
Communications, JNCC publisher
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Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0
Metadata date 2019·10·15
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