To determine best practice and effective implementation for a programme to reduce conflicts between sheep farming and birds of prey in the Falkland Islands leading to an improvement in their status and production of a Species Action Plan for the rare Striated Caracara (Near threatened – BirdLife International/IUCN). Approximately 600 breeding pairs, and up to 80% of the global population of the near-threatened Striated Caracara reside in the Falkland Islands.
To inform a Darwin Initiative Round 18 project application by scoping appropriate methods for the investigation of raptor-sheep interactions and the extent, timing and intensity of raptor impacts on sheep in the Falkland Islands. It is envisaged that this project will provide proof of concept that will facilitate the securing of funding for a three-year research programme to be
conducted in collaboration with the Falkland Islands Government Department of Agriculture (DoA) and Environmental Planning Department (EPD), Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (HMS),
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). The findings from the Challenge Fund project will be instrumental in guiding
development of the full research programme.