Effects of spatial foraging behaviour on risks of contaminants for wildlife; breaking ecotoxicologal constraints in spatial planning (BERISP): the development of a spatially explicit risk assessment

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Abstract

The effects of different types foraging behaviour on the spatially explicit accumulation of contaminants are under consideration in this report. A conceptual model has been developed, which can be used to simulate the foraging behaviour of the little owl (Athene noctua) under different assumptions on the mode of foraging behaviour: random foraging, optimal foraging, central foraging, or a combination of optimal and central foraging. The result of the modelling exercises show that the different modes of foraging result in different accumulation rates, and associated risks. Hence, it is concluded that spatially explicit modelling of contaminant accumulation should be conducted with specific knowledge on the foraging behaviour of the organisms under study. Furthermore, it is shown in the current report that measures in habitat management may be used to alleviate risks that contaminants may pose to higher organisms.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherAlterra
Number of pages97
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameAlterra-rapport
PublisherAlterra
No.1369
ISSN (Print)1566-7197

Keywords

  • owls
  • foraging
  • animal behaviour
  • contaminants
  • food webs
  • risk assessment
  • wildlife
  • models
  • ecotoxicology
  • bioaccumulation

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