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 was made available by the publishers, Springer, but they now only show a couple of pages and you have to pay them for the full paper. Sorry.

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 Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Bradford.

*NEW* The full text of my thesis is now available for download, free of charge, from the British Library's e-theses online service (eThOS) - together with about a quarter of a million other digitised theses. Isn't technology wonderful? You need to set up a login, and can download the thesis here.

The thesis 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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