Does wildlife provisioning help or hinder conservation?

  • Thu 17 Mar 22

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Colchester Campus

    STEM 3.1

  • Event speaker

    Alexander Lees

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Life Sciences, School of

  • Contact details

    Dr Tom Cameron

Provisioning of wildlife with food, water and breeding sites is a globally ubiquitous phenomenon.

While some provisioning is targeted at single species of conservation concern, generalised provisioning is more common and can exceed the local availability of natural resources for recipient taxa.

Generalised provisioning is enthusiastically promoted by many conservation organisations as a means to foster connection with nature and help wildlife. However, such a vast input of additional resources into the environment must have diverse, ecosystem-wide consequences.


Dr. Alexander Lees is Senior Lecturer in biodiversity at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and a research associate of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University, USA. He previously worked for five years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Goeldi Museum in the Brazilian Amazon.

Alex is an author of over 100 scientific papers, mostly on biodiversity responses to global change in both temperate and tropical environments. Alex is a member of the steering committee of the Sustainable Amazon Network, the United Nations Science Panel for the Amazon, the IUCN Species Survival Commission Bird Red List Authority, the British Ornithologist’s Union Records Committee and is recently retired from the Brazilian Ornithological Records Committee.

How to attend

This seminar is being held in person in STEM 3.1 (STEM Centre on Square 1, Colchester campus). You can also watch via Zoom (meeting ID: 925 4561 0277)

If you have any queries about this seminar please email Dr Tom Cameron (tcameron@essex.ac.uk).

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