Data from: Cover, not caging, influences chronic physiological stress in a ground-nesting bird

Laura X. L. Tan, Katherine L. Buchanan, Grainne S. Maguire & Michael A. Weston
Predator exclosures (‘nest cages’) around nests are increasingly used to enhance hatching success of declining ground-nesting birds. However, such exclosures are contentious and have been suggested to have detrimental effects on the species which they aim to protect. This study examines whether exclosures increase physiological stress of incubating birds, a hitherto unrecognised and untested potential drawback of exclosures. Red-capped plover Charadrius ruficapillus hatching success was radically altered and significantly higher for nests with exclosures (96.2%)...
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