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Moelker, Jamie (2024) bBio_2024_MoelkerJB. Bachelor's Research Project (period 2b), Biology.


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Due to two diseases, Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) and Myxomatosis, the rabbit population in the Netherlands has been severely impacted. This has resulted in the Wild Rabbit becoming a red list species (threatened species). Wild rabbits play an important role in the ecosystems they inhabit, often being regarded as ecosystem engineers. On the island of Schiermonnikoog (an island, in the Dutch Wadden sea) the wild rabbit have taken to the dunes, regulating the expansion seaberries and hawthorns. The rabbit population on Schiermonnikoog (Schier) has also been struggling to recover since the outbreaks of RHD and Myxomatosis. Invasive feral cats on the island have not aided their recovery, often preying on the young and weak. To observe whether the rabbit population on Schier is recovering or not, we will be conducting various sampling methods used to approximate the rabbit abundance and observe their distribution on the island. These sampling methods consist of; rabbit pellet counts (RPC’s), Mapping, Transects, Thermal imaging observations and wildlife camera observations.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Research Project (period 2b))
Supervisor name: Smit, C. and Swankhuisen, E.
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Research Project (period 2b)
Language: English
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2024 13:45
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2024 13:45

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