2005 – 2014
Client/Funder: NPWS, The Heritage Council
This was also the subject of Derek’s PhD. This study was initiated and developed using his own initiative, including the securing of over €100k in funding over the course of his work. The outcomes of this work comprise detailed information on the status of twite, biometric analysis of British and Irish twite, habitat selection study and conservation recommendation involving a strong agri-environmental component.
Other elements currently underway include agri-environment measures for twite in the forthcoming GLAS agri-environment scheme. Derek has also piloted a novel and innovative project designed to implement conservation measures for Twite through Primary school education projects.