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New poster: Saving Space for Africa’s Vultures

Habitat Info together with Savage & Gray Designers produced an eye-catching poster summarising the principal outputs of the African Vulture Hotspot Mapping Project. Design costs were covered by The Peregrine Fund and Wangeningen University. The poster provides a practical tool for conservationists seeking to locate their interventions to be of maximum benefit to vultures and it helps promote awareness of the threats vultures face with the wider public.

ARDB apps going Global

The functionality of the African Raptor Observation Mobile Apps on both iOS and Android have been extended and enhanced globally on behalf The Peregrine Fund and their Global Raptor Impact Network or GRIN. The Apps are built on the new full raptor species list and they work to sub-species level. You can select raptor lists from the biological realms in which you work. The Apps have also been extended to […]

Map of Natural & Cultural History for Goetre Farm

Habitat Info accessed biodiversity information from West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre and heritage site information from Dyfed Archaeological Trust to compile an attractive map composition of local features to aid management by the local community.

City of Cape Town Risk & Vulnerability Assessment

Habitat Info have been contracted by OneWorld Sustainable Investments to do the mapping for a climate risk & vulnerability assessment of the City of Cape Town. Working with OneWorld and the CSIR, habitat Info will work at a very high spatial resolution to help improve the City’s pro-active adaptation strategies. The work will focus on fire risk and temporal probability spans for exhaustion of water supplies (Day Zero forecasts).

Vulture Movement Analysis for Kenya

Birdlife International and the Biodiversity Consultancy accessed data on vulture sightings from the African Raptor Databank and then commissioned Habitat Info to assist them in the analysis of vulture movement patterns from satellite and GPS tracking data across Kenya. Results of distance travelled, mean travel speed, time spent and frequency of tracks were computed for each pentad matching the Kenya bird atlas data.

Analysis of Cetacean Sightings Data & Feasibility of Mobile App Development

Habitat Info reviewed recent sightings data of porpoises and other cetceans recorded off Strumble Head near Fishguard. This vantage point overlooks a prime site for Harbour Porpoise as they forage in the tidal races. We spent a really enjoyable day watching the sights and were lucky enough to have a rare sighting of the larger Risso’s Dolphin offshore. We conducted various tests of the raptor mobile app to position sightings […]

Kenya Poisons Map

Nature Kenya contracted Habitat Info to extract the latest information from the poisoning incident database maintained by The Peregrine Fund and the Endangered Wildlife Trust to compose a map of the country highlighting areas that are more exposed to the risk of poisoning.

Global Raptor Impact Network Schema

Built on the success of the African Raptor Databank, the Peregrine Fund contracted Habitat Info to go global with the database. In consultation with numerous raptor biologists Habitat Info expanded the schema of the ARDB into a truly relational database with multiple data tables to cater for the varied information collected by biologists as well as citizen scientists. In particular we focused first on nest sites and the ability to […]

A Mobile App for tracking Honey Hunters and Honey-guides

Claire Spottiswoode of Cambridge and Cape Town Universities has been conducting fascinating work looking at honey hunters in Niassaland (northern Mozambique) and their use of the Honeyguide bird in finding honey sources. Claire and her team commissioned Habitat Info to design a logical app which could survey the movements of the honey hunters and record their successes, failures, and impact on the environment for download to desktop computers back at […]

African vulture hotspot mapping

In February 2017 habitat INFO produced 64 maps on the distribution of African vultures, their movements (by satellite tracking), their habitat strongholds, and the most serious threats to their effective conservation.  This has been a massive collaboration of many vulture biologists and conservation agencies orchestrated by Alterra Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands, and funded by a variety of agencies, principally the Dutch Government.  Ralph Buij, Corinne Kendall and […]

African vulture hotspot mapping to inform the multi-species action plan

mapping methodology New A1 poster of African vulture strongholds available For your own printing For professional printing (includes crop marks) coordination: Ralph Buij (Wageningen University & Research), Corinne Kendall (North Carolina Zoo), Ara Monadjem (University of Swaziland). data collation: Lutfor Rahman & Lou Luddington (Habitat Info). analysis & map production: Rob Davies (Habitat Info). finance: The vulture surveys, data gathering and habitat and threat modeling were funded by the Dutch […]

habitat INFO in Botswana

This month I traveled to Maun on behalf of habitat INFO to meet up with one of our clients, OneWorld.  Maun is in Northern Botswana and is regarded as the gateway to the Okavango Delta, one of the most incredible places in the World, let alone Africa! Together with OneWorld I was tasked with presenting the methodology and findings of our risk and vulnerability mapping exercise across the Limpopo basin. […]

SeaTrust in the Field

Please check out the video ‘SeaTrust in the Field’ which habitat INFO have produced for SeaTrust.  It demonstrates the mobile GIS solutions they use and which habitat INFO have provided for them.  Click here to find out more information about the project.

Migratory Soaring Birds Web Tool

habitat INFO is developing a web tool for BirdLife International to identify the sensitivity of migratory soaring birds to wind farm developments in the Rift Valley/Red Sea flyway.  More details to follow. Find out more about the project here.