sikadeer: Sika deer pellet data from southern Scotland

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Because sika deer spend most of their time in woodland areas, abundance estimates are based on pellet group counts. Line transect methods were applied to estimate deer pellet group density by geographic block.


A data frame with 1923 rows and 11 variables.

Region.Label stratum labels
Area size (ha) of each stratum
Sample.Label transect labels
Defecation.rate rate of dung production per individual per day
Defecation.rate.SE variability in defecation rate
Decay.rate time (days) for dung to become undetectable
Decay.rate.SE variability in decay rate
Effort transect length (km)
object object ID
distance perpendicular distance (cm)
Study.Area study area name


Data presented here are from the Peebleshire portion of the study described by Marques et al. (2001).


Marques, F.F.C., S.T. Buckland, D. Goffin, C.E. Dixon, D.L. Borchers, B.A. Mayle, and A.J. Peace. (2001). Estimating deer abundance from line transect surveys of dung: sika deer in southern Scotland. Journal of Applied Ecology 38 (2): 349–363.

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