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Billy Harrison

Research Interests

I started work with SRUC in 1982 and throughout my career to-date have provided technical assistance to a wide variety of projects.

The research that I have been involved with recently is focused on biodiversity interactions with management on farmland and includes studies on potential bird food resources in farmland management, upland grazing intensity and riparian buffer strips.

Each year I conduct the fieldwork associated with a survey of leatherjacket numbers in grassland in south-west and central Scotland. This survey is primarily used to give farmers advice on grub numbers and hence and indication of the risk of grass and crop damage.  As leatherjackets are an important food source for farmland birds this survey also gives an annual background context to our farmland biodiversity research.

Billy Harrison

Agricultural Ecology Technician

Address: Land Economy, Environment & Society, JF Niven Building, Ayr KA6 5AE

Telephone: 01292 525 325

Fax: 01292 525 333

E-mail: billy.harrison@sruc.ac.uk