Highlight Activities 2022: Collateral damage from agricultural netting to open-country bird populations in Thailand.
Abstract: A total of 1881 nets and cords set to either catch or exclude birds from crops and aquaculture ponds were recorded along 1312 road survey transects each of 2km length during September 2020 to April 2021 throughout Thailand’s Central Plains. A total of 735 birds of at least 45 species were recorded, of which approx .20% were non-target bycatch. We suggest imposing a ban on nets and use of alternative, less destructive strategies to exclude birds from crops and aquaculture ponds.
Angkaew, R., Round, P. D., Ngoprasert, D., Powell, L. A., Limparungpatthanakij. W. & Gale, G. A. 2022. Collateral damage from agricultural netting to open-country bird populations in Thailand. Conservation Science and Practice. http://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.12810