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Offshore refuges support higher densities and show slower population declines of wintering Ruddy Turnstones Arenaria interpres: a response

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mark WhittinghamORCiD, Dr Ailsa McKenzie, Dr Richard Francksen, Dr Matthew Grainger, Nadheer Fazaa, Dr Caroline Rhymer, Pauline Lloyd, Dr Gavin Stewart, Dr Elizabeth Oughton


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© 2020 British Trust for Ornithology. In this reply, we confirm that the results of the original paper are robust and that our conclusions were correct: densities of Ruddy Turnstones Arenaria interpres were lower on sites located further from undisturbed refuges. There are two points of learning here: (i) taking the findings of a paper based purely on what is published is normal but there is an unpublished iterative process for analysis that is often hidden from a reader (described here), so we refute that our results were caused by chance; (ii) we published a result based on an incorrect method in the revision process. We hope that other researchers involved in long-term projects involving large and complex datasets can learn from our mistake, as we will endeavour to do.

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Author(s): Whittingham MJ, McKenzie AJ, Francksen RM, Feige D, Cadwallender T, Grainger M, Fazaa N, Rhymer C, Wilkinson C, Lloyd P, Smurthwaite B, Percival SM, Morris-Hale T, Rawcliffe C, Dewson C, Woods S, Stewart GB, Oughton E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Bird Study

Year: 2020

Volume: 67

Issue: 2

Pages: 264-267

Online publication date: 22/09/2020

Acceptance date: 03/09/2020

ISSN (print): 0006-3657

ISSN (electronic): 1944-6705

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2020.1820447


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