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International Journal of Ecology
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 787925, 6 pages
Research Article

System Behaviour Charts Inform an Understanding of Biodiversity Recovery

1Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NZ, UK
2Durrell Conservation Academy, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Trinity, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK

Received 14 July 2015; Accepted 8 October 2015

Academic Editor: Béla Tóthmérész

Copyright © 2015 Simon A. Black. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Practitioners working with species and ecosystem recovery typically deal with the complexity of, on one hand, lack of data or data uncertainties and, on the other hand, demand for critical decision-making and intervention. The control chart methods of commercial and industrial and environmental monitoring can complement an ecological understanding of wildlife systems including those situations which incorporate human activities and land use. Systems Behaviour Charts are based upon well-established control chart methods to provide conservation managers with an approach to using existing data and enable insight to aid timely planning of conservation interventions and also complement and stimulate research into wider scientific and ecological questions. When the approach is applied to existing data sets in well-known wildlife conservation cases, the subsequent Systems Behaviour Charts and associated analytical criteria demonstrate insights which would be helpful in averting problems associated with each case example.