Student presents Mammal Conference research paper

Martin Smith, second year Foundation Degree British Wildlife Conservation student at the Royal Agricultural University, presented a paper at the 62nd Mammal Society Conference (April 2016).

This is a fantastic achievement for Martin, whose peers were mostly PhD students. It provided a valuable, real world learning experience for Martin, who was able to join fellow students and academics who are expert in their fields to discuss his work. The question and answer session after his presentation, and the subsequent one-to-one discussions, were very constructive.  

Kelly Swallow, British Wildlife Conservation course manager, said: “We are very pleased to see such an excellent example of student-staff research collaboration on FdSc British Wildlife Conservation. Martin's conference output is highly commended and a credit to the RAU.”

The paper is entitled Effects of different conservation grazing management regimes within calcareous grassland on small mammal populations. Mammal Society 62nd Spring Conference, Stone, Staffordshire. 8 April 2016.

The research aimed to assess the impact of a range of conservation grazing management treatments on small mammal diversity, and determine habitat preference. Preliminary results showed there were significantly more small mammals trapped in the no-grazing and late-winter grazed compartments, compared to the autumn-grazed and autumn/later-winter grazed compartments.

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