Scientific studies suggest that both domestic and feral cats are having a serious effect on wildlife in countries across the world.

With a cat population of over 10 million in the UK, understanding the impact that cats have on our songbird populations is a crucial area of research.

In March 2017 SongBird Survival partnered with the University of Exeter to fund research into understanding cat owners as well as cats, with the aim of identifying potential solutions to cat predation of wildlife.

We know that securing the ongoing interest and input of cat owners is central to the success of this research. We are working directly with cat owners and other interested groups to assess cat behaviour. Through this joint research, we aim to move beyond the contention and social conflict which has plagued the issue of cat predation of wildlife and achieve real results for songbirds.

The project is now in its second year of funding a PhD student and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Exeter, and the first paper, published today in the prestigious British Ecological Society's journal 'People and Nature' shows the findings from the first round of social science survey focus groups and studies.

Click below to read what the press are saying about our latest research:

The Times

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Read the full research paper here - Hunting behaviour in domestic cats: An exploratory study of risk and responsibility among cat owners 

Read more about our research here


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