Feral Cats



I published a number of papers about the Portsmouth cats. They are listed below. To obtain a copy of a paper, do one of the following:

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The papers are reproduced here by kind permission of the publishers.

FAB.pdf (168Kb) Dards, J.L. (1976). Feral cat behaviour and ecology. Bulletin of the Feline Advisory Bureau, Vol 15, No 3: 10.
cgn1978.pdf (128Kb) Dards, J.L. (1978). Home ranges of feral cats in Portsmouth Dockyard. (Proceedings of the First International Conference on Domestic Cat Population Genetics and Ecology). Carnivore Genetics Newsletter, 3: 242-255.
Habitat.pdf (837Kb) Dards, J.L. (1981). Habitat utilisation by feral cats in Portsmouth Dockyard. In The Ecology and Control of Feral Cats, pp. 30-49. Universities Federation for Animal Welfare.
aee_1983.pdf (499Kb) Dards, J.L. (1983). The behaviour of dockyard cats: interactions of adult males. Applied Animal Ethology, 10: 133-153.
PDF from Springer (650Kb) Dards, J.L. and Robinson, R. (1983). Gene frequencies in a population of feral cats in Portsmouth naval dockyard. Theor. Appl. Genet. 64: 197-204. Note: This PDF has been made available by the publishers, Springer.

The complete details of the research are in my PhD thesis:

Dards, J.L. (1979). The population ecology of feral cats (Felis catus L.) in Portsmouth Dockyard. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Bradford.

This consists of:

Title, Contents, Abstract, and Acknowledgements
Th1_intro.pdf (29Kb) 1. Introduction
2. The habitat
3. Methods
4. Utilisation of the habitat
5. Home range
6. Social behaviour
7. Population dynamics
Th8_activity.pdf (248Kb) 8. Activity patterns
9. Coat colour genetics
10. Population management
11. General discussion
Appendix I - The location of Portsmouth dockyard
Appendix II - Plant species identified in Portsmouth dockyard
Appendix III - The females present

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