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Hoverflies of Clogheen Marsh Hoverflies of Ballyannan Wood Hoverflies of Cuskinny Marsh Waterbird monitoring in Cork Harbour: 1994/95-2002/03 Cork Harbour I-WeBS summary 2011/12 Cork Harbour I-WeBS summary 2012/13 Cork Harbour I-WeBS summary 2013/14 Cork Harbour I-WeBS summary 2014/15 Cork Harbour I-WeBS summary 2015/16

Reports for the Marine Institute

The effects of intertidal oyster culture on the spatial distribution of waterbirds o Poster presented at the 2012 IWSG Conference and the 2013 IORC o Presentation at the 2013 CIEEM Irish Section Conference o Full report Castlemaine Harbour Appropriate Assessment [SPA sections in the linked document] Assessment of the potential effects of mussel ongrowing within the mussel order area and of the mussel seed fishery on the waterbird populations of Castlemaine Harbour Preliminary assessment of the potential effects of oyster cultivation and additional intertidal mussel relay on the spatial distribution of waterbirds in Castlemaine Harbour Dundalk Bay Appropriate Assessment [SPA sections in the linked document] Dundalk Waterbird Studies: Assessment of some potential impacts of cockle (Cerastoderma edule) harvesting on waterbirds Dundalk Bay Oystercatcher monitoring 2011/12 [Annex II in the linked document] Dundalk Bay Oystercatcher monitoring 2012/13 [Annex III in the linked document contains summary of Briefing Note] Lough Swilly Special Protection Area: Appropriate Assessment of Fisheries and Aquaculture Assessment of Aquaculture and Fisheries in Donegal Bay (004151) and Durnesh Lough (004145) SPAs Dungarvan Harbour Special Protection Area: Appropriate Assessment of Intertidal Oyster Cultivation [including consideration of Helvick Head to Ballyquin SPA and Mid-Waterford Coast SPA] Dungarvan Harbour SPA: Monitoring of waterbird distribution across the tidal cycle, 2014/15 Inner Galway Bay Special Protection Area (4031): Appropriate Assessment of Aquaculture and Shellfisheries & Fisheries Risk Assessment Dundalk Bay SPA: Oystercatcher Monitoring 2014/15 Winter storms: Oystercatcher population dynamics and feeding ecology in Dundalk Bay, Co. Louth 2011/12-2014/15 [Presentatation at the 2016 IWSG conference]

Tom Gittings

Ecological Consultant

Publications

2016

Gittings, T. & O’Donoghue, P.D. (2016) Disturbance response of Red-breasted Mergansers Mergus serrator to boat traffic in Wexford Harbour. Irish Birds,10. Gittings, T. & O’Donoghue, P.D. (2016) The effects of intertidal oyster culture on the spatial distribution of waterbirds. Wader Study, 123.

2015

Gittings, T., Peppiatt, C. & Troake, P. (2015) Disturbance response of Great Northern Divers Gavia immer to boat traffic in Inner Galway Bay. Irish Birds, 10, 163–166. [pdf] Graham, C.T., Wilson, M.W., Gittings, T., Kelly, T.C., Irwin, S., Quinn, J.L. & O’Halloran, J. (2015) Implications of afforestation for bird communities: the importance of preceding land-use type. Biodiversity and Conservation, 1–21. [pdf]

2013

Fuller, L., Oxbrough, A., Gittings, T., Irwin, S., Kelly, T.C. & O’Halloran, J. (2013) The response of ground-dwelling spiders (Araneae) and hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) to afforestation assessed using within-site tracking. Forestry.

2012

Gittings, T., O’Donoghue, P. & Martin, B. (2012) Eurasian Oystercatcher feeding on sea squirts. Wader Study Group Bulletin, 119, 204–205. [pdf] Graham, C.T., Wilson, M.W., Irwin, S., Gittings, T., Kelly, T.C. & O’Halloran, J. (2012) Bird communities along forest roads: preliminary findings of a long term study. Irish Birds, 9, 367–374. Wilson, M.W., Gittings, T., Pithon, J., Kelly, T.C., Irwin, S. & Halloran, J.O. (2012) Bird diversity of afforestation habitats in Ireland: current trends and likely impacts. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 112B. [pdf]

2011

Sweeney, O.F.M., Wilson, M.W., Irwin, S., Kelly, T.C., Gittings, T. & O’ Halloran, J. (2011) Breeding birds of native woodlands and plantation forests in Ireland. Irish Birds, 9, 181–196. Waldren, S., Scally, L., Atalah, J., Brown, M., Byrne, C., Crowe, T., Cunningham, C., Davies, A., Eschmann, C., Fitch, J., Fitzgerald, H., Galley, C., Gittings, T., Grennan, J., Guiry, M., Higgins, T., Harrison, S., Irvine, K., Kavanagh, R., Kelly-Quinn, D.L., Long, M.P., McCarthy, T.K., Milbau, A., O’Callaghan, E., O’Halloran, J., O’Mahony, L., Osborne, B., O’Toole, C., Parnell, J.A.N., Rodríguez Tuñón, A., Stengel, D. & Stout, J. (2011) Biochange. Biodiversity and Environmental Change: an integrated study encompassing a range of scales, taxa and habitats (2005-CD-B2-M1). Synthesis Report. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford. [pdf]

2010

Gittings, T. & Speight, M.C.D. (2010) Sciomyza simplex Fallén, 1820 and Sciomyza testacea Macquart, 1835 snail-killing flies (Diptera, Sciomyzidae) new to Ireland. Irish Naturalists’ Journal, 31, 91–93. Oxbrough, A., Gittings, T., Giller, P.S. & O’Halloran, J. (2010) Can Malaise traps be used to sample spiders for biodiversity assessment? Journal of Insect Conservation, 14, 169–179. Scally, L., Waldren, S., Atalah, J., Brown, M., Byrne, C., Crowe, T., Cunningham, C., Davies, A., Eschmann, C., Fitch, J., Fitzgerald, H., Galley, C., Gittings, T., Grennan, J., Guiry, M., Higgins, T., Harrison, S., Irvine, K., Kavanagh, R., Kelly, D.L., Kelly-Quinn, M., Long, M., McCarthy, T.K., Milbau, A., O’Callaghan, E., O’Halloran, J., O’Mahony, L., Osborne, B., O’Toole, C., Parnell, J.A.N., Rodríguez Tuñón, A., Stengel, D. & Stout, J. (2010) Biodiversity and Environmental Change: an integrated study encompassing a range of scales, taxa and habitats. (2005-CD-B2-M1). Technical Project Report. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford. [pdf] Wilson, M.W., Gittings, T., Kelly, T.C. & O’Halloran, J. (2010) The importance of non-crop vegetation for bird diversity in Sitka spruce plantations in Ireland. Bird Study, 57, 116–120.

2009

Gittings, T., Harrison, S. & O’Halloran, J. (2009) The influence of habitat quality, patch size and isolation on the nature conservation value of groundwater wetlands. Unpublished report by the Biochange project, submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency.

2008

Bond, K. & Gittings, T. (2008) Database of Irish Lepidoptera. 1. Macrohabitats, Microsites and Traits of Noctuidae and Butterflies. Irish Wildlife Manuals No. 35. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin. [pdf] Gittings, T. & Speight, M.C.D. (2008) Colobaea pectoralis (Zetterstedt, 1847) and Pherbellia dorsata (Zetterstedt, 1846) snail-killing flies (Diptera, Sciomyzidae) new to Ireland. Irish Naturalists’ Journal, 29, 116–118. Smith, G.F., Gittings, T., Wilson, M.W., French, L., Oxbrough, A., O’Donoghue, S., O’Halloran, J., Kelly, D.L., Mitchell, F.J.G., Kelly, T., Iremonger, S., McKee, A.M. & Giller, P. (2008) Identifying practical indicators of biodiversity for stand-level management of plantation forests. Biodiversity and Conservation, 17, 991–1015.

2007

Gittings, T. (2007) Odontomyia angulata (Panzer, 1798) a soldierfly (Diptera, Stratiomyidae) new to Ireland. Irish Naturalists’ Journal, 28, 419. Iremonger, S., O’Halloran, J., Kelly, D.L., Wilson, M.W., Smith, G.F., Gittings, T., Giller, P.S., Mitchell, F.J.G., Oxbrough, A., Coote, L., French, L., O’Donoghue, S., McKee, A.-M., Pithon, J., O’Sullivan, A., Neville, P., O’Donnell, V., Cummins, V., Kelly, T.C. & Dowding, P. (2007) Biodiversity in Irish Plantation Forests. (BIOFOREST Project, http://bioforest.ucc.ie) (2000-LS-3.1-M2). Final Report. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford. [pdf] Oxbrough, A.G., Gittings, T., O’Halloran, J., Giller, P.S. & Kelly, T.C. (2007) Biodiversity of the ground-dwelling spider fauna of afforestation habitats. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 120, 433–441.

2006

Gittings, T. (2006a) Lapposyrphus lapponicus (Zetterstedt, 1838) a hoverfly (Diptera, Syrphidae) new to Ireland. Irish Naturalists’ Journal, 28, 301. Gittings, T. (2006b) Waterbird monitoring in Cork Harbour: 1994/95-2002/03. (eds C. Cronin, C. Barton, H. Hussey & M. Carmody), pp. 319–339. Cork Bird Report Editorial Team, Cork. [pdf] Gittings, T., O’Halloran, J., Kelly, T. & Giller, P.S. (2006) The contribution of open spaces to the maintenance of hoverfly (Diptera, Syrphidae) biodiversity in Irish plantation forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 237, 290–300. Iremonger, S., Gittings, T., Smith, G.F., Wilson, M., Oxbrough, A., Coote, L., Pithon, J., O’Donoghue, S., McKee, A.-M., O’Halloran, J., Kelly, D.L., Giller, P., O’Sullivan, A., Neville, P., Mitchell, F.J.G., O’Donnell, V., Kelly, T. & Dowding, P. (2006) Investigation of Experimental Methods to Enhance Biodiversity in Plantation Forests. BIOFOREST Project 3.1.3 Final Report. Report prepared for COFORD and EPA. [pdf] Oxbrough, A.G., Gittings, T., O’Halloran, J., Giller, P.S. & Kelly, T.C. (2006a) The initial effects of afforestation on the ground-dwelling spider fauna of Irish peatlands and grasslands. Forest Ecology and Management, 237, 478–491. Oxbrough, A.G., Gittings, T., O’Halloran, J., Giller, P.S. & Kelly, T.C. (2006b) The influence of open space on ground-dwelling spider assemblages within plantation forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 237, 404–417. Smith, G.F., Gittings, T., Wilson, M.W., Oxbrough, A., Iremonger, S., O’Donoghue, S., McKee, A.-M., O’Halloran, J., Kelly, D.L., Pithon, J., O’Sullivan, A., Neville, P., Mitchell, F.J.G., Giller, P.S. & O’Donnell, V. (2006) Biodiversity Assessment of Afforestation Sites. BIOFOREST Project 3.1.1 Final Report. Report prepared for COFORD and EPA. [pdf] Speight, M.C.D. & Gittings, T. (2006) Records of hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) from counties Clare and Cork, Ireland. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society, 30, 334–347. Wilson, M.W., Pithon, J., Gittings, T., Kelly, T.C., Giller, P.S. & O’Halloran, J. (2006) Effects of growth stage and tree species composition on breeding bird assemblages of plantation forests. Bird Study, 53, 225–236. [pdf]

2005

Gittings, T., Giller, P. & O’Halloran, J. (2005) Notable Irish hoverfly (Diptera: Syrphidae) records, 2001 and 2002. The Irish Naturalists’ Journal, 28, 132–133. Oxbrough, A.G., Gittings, T., O’Halloran, J., Giller, P.S. & Smith, G.F. (2005) Structural indicators of spider communities across the forest plantation cycle. Forest Ecology and Management, 212, 171–183. Smith, G.F., Gittings, T., Wilson, M.W., French, L., Oxbrough, A., O’Donoghue, S., Pithon, J., O’Donnell, V., McKee, A.-M., Iremonger, S., O’Halloran, J., Kelly, D.L., Mitchell, F.J.G. & Giller, P.S. (2005) Assessment of biodiversity at different stages of the forest cycle. BIOFOREST Project 3.1.2 Final Report. Report prepared for COFORD and EPA. [pdf]

2003

Finn, J.A. & Gittings, T. (2003) A review of competition in north temperate dung beetle communities. Ecological Entomology, 28, 1–13. Wilson, M., Gittings, T., O’Halloran, J., Kelly, T. & Pithon, J. (2003) The distribution of Hen Harriers in Ireland in relation to land use cover, particularly forest cover. COFORD Connects. [pdf]

1999

Finn, J.A., Gittings, T. & Giller, P.S. (1999) Spatial and temporal variation in species composition of dung beetle assemblages in southern Ireland. Ecological Entomology, 24, 24–36.

1998

Finn, J.A., Gittings, T. & Giller, P.S. (1998) Aphodius dung beetle assemblage stability at different spatial and temporal scales. Applied Soil Ecology, 10, 27–36. Gittings, T. (1998) Ivermectin, beetles and bats. The Natterer. [pdf] Gittings, T. & Giller, P.S. (1998) Resource quality and the colonisation and succession of coprophagous dung beetles. Ecography, 21, 581–592. Gittings, T., O’Keefe, D., Gallagher, F., Finn, J. & O’Mahony, T. (1998) Longitudinal variation in abundance of a freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera population in relation to riverine habitats. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 98B, 171–178. Underhill, M.C., Gittings, T., Callaghan, D.A., Hughes, B., Kirby, J.S. & Delany, S. (1998) Status and distribution of breeding Common Scoters Melanitta nigra nigra in Britain and Ireland in 1995. Bird Study, 45, 146–156. [pdf]

1997

Gittings, T. & Giller, P.S. (1997) Life history traits and resource utilisation in an assemblage of north temperate Aphodius dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Ecography, 20, 55–66.

1996

Delany, S. & Gittings, T. (1996) Survey of Common Scoters at known Irish breeding sites, May 1996. Unpublished report. Gittings, T. & Delany, S. (1996) A pre-breeding census of Common Scoters in lreland in 1995. Irish Birds, 5, 413–422.

1995

Gittings, T. (1995) The status of the Common Scoter Melanitta nigra in Ireland: Report on the 1995 All-Ireland Common Scoter Survey. Irish Wildbird Conservancy, Dublin. [pdf]

1994

Gittings, T. (1994) The community ecology of Aphodius dung beetles. PhD thesis, National University of Ireland. [pdf] Gittings, T., Giller, P.S. & Stakelum, G. (1994) Dung decomposition in contrasting temperate pastures in relation to dung beetle and earthworm activity. Pedobiologia, 38, 455–474.

1991

Stakelum, G., Gittings, T. & Giller, P. (1991) Cattle dung removal in grazed pastures. Farm and Food, 1, 31–32.

1988

Gittings, T. (1988) The ecology of the damselfly, Ischnura elegans: population dynamics, mating success, and local movements. BSc thesis, University of East Anglia. [pdf]
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