Dr Gill Hartley
Senior Wildlife Biologist
Research interests/Areas of expertise
- Development of methods and approaches to resolving human-wildlife conflicts
- Improving efficacy, and lessening the welfare and environmental impact, of current methods of wildlife management
- Role of wildlife in the spread of certain diseases
- Advisory role to Scottish Government and other stakeholders covering a wide range of issues in relation to agriculture, fisheries, game and disease control, where conflict arises with birds and mammals.
- Lead small team of staff undertaking policy-related research projects in relation to impact and/or control of herbivores (e.g. rabbits, geese), predators (e.g. golden eagle, badger, corvids, piscivorous birds), species involved in disease transmission (e.g. foxes, badgers), and moles.
- Joined SASA in 1993, undertaking R&D programme on rabbit control (development of bait markers, rabbit-specific baits, National Rabbit Survey, grazing behaviour).
- Post-doctoral studies in relation to rabies contingency planning, cetaceans and endangered fruit bats.
- PhD at University of Bristol examining social suppression of fox reproduction. BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science at University of Nottingham (applied & mammalian physiology; environmental physics)
- Chair of Urban Gull Task Force
- Chair of Scottish Government Technical Assessment Group
- Chair Scottish Government Goose Science Advisory Group
- Member of Scottish Government National Goose Management Review Group
- Chair of Scottish Government Urban Gull Task Force
- Member of Rodenticides Stewardship Government Oversight Group
- Member of the Task Force in Support of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use
- Member of the Scottish Government Feral Pig Co-ordination Group
- Member of Defra Stoat Trap Testing Steering Group
Assessing the nature and use of corvid cage traps in Scotland: Part 2 of 4 – Field survey of trap use in Scotland 2014-15. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report. . 2016.
Assessing the nature and use of corvid cage traps in Scotland: Part 3 of 4 – Trap operation and welfare. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report. . 2016.
Assessing the nature and use of corvid cage traps in Scotland: Part 4 of 4 – Review and recommendations. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report. . 2016.
Rate of exposure of a sentinel species, invasive American mink (Neovison vison) in Scotland, to anticoagulant rodenticides. Science of The Total Environment. 569–570:1013–1021. . 2016.
Serological and molecular epidemiology of canine adenovirus type 1 in red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in the United Kingdom. Nature Scientific Reports. 6 . 2016.
Where have all the rabbits gone? Proceedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2016. . 2016.
Monitoring agricultural rodenticide use and secondary exposure of raptors in Scotland. Ecotoxicology. 22(6):974-984. . 2013.
Wild boar distribution in Scotland. . 2010.
The functional response does not predict the local distribution of European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) on grass swards: experimental evidence. Functional Ecology. 16(3):394-402. . 2002.
Iophenoxic acid as a quantitative bait marker for rabbits. Gibier Faune Sauvage. 14(3):395-403. . 1997.
The endocrinology of gestation failure in foxes (Vulpes vulpes). Journal of Reproduction and Fertility. 100(2):341-346. . 1994.