The 32-year-old is reunited with Villa boss Paul Lambert, who was the manager at Norwich for whom Holt scored 53 goals in 92 games. Holt has scored just twice since swapping Carrow Road for the DW Stadium last summer and has not found the net since August, but Lambert hopes the forward’s experience in the top flight will aid his youthful squad. Aston Villa have completed the signing of Wigan striker Grant Holt on loan for the rest of the season. Wigan, meanwhile, have been left short in the attacking department ahead of Tuesday night’s FA Cup third-round replay against MK Dons. Like Holt, fellow summer signing Marc-Antoine Fortune has scored just twice and Manchester United boss David Moyes has hinted they may look to recall Latics’ top scorer Nick Powell from his loan spell by the end of the month. However, boss Uwe Rosler last week stressed the need to trim the wage bill in this transfer window and Holt has been used sparingly since the ex-Brentford manager arrived at the helm. Rosler also revealed Cardiff striker Nicky Maynard is due for a medical at the club ahead of a potential loan switch this week. Press Association “When I knew Grant had become available it was something I wanted to pursue quickly because he’ll add strength and experience to what is still a young squad overall,” Lambert told Villa’s official website. “Having worked with him for three years at Norwich, I know what he can do and that’s important. Coming back into the Premier League will rekindle that desire in him to succeed again at this level and, if he can replicate what he did in those three years at Norwich over these next few months here at Villa, then he’ll make an impact, that’s for sure. “Grant’s got some really strong attributes, he’s someone who is tried and trusted and a player I’ve worked with before. We’re looking at one or two other positions as well but this is good business for us and he’ll be a really strong influence.” Holt scored eight times in the Barclays Premier League during his final season with Norwich but has struggled for both form and fitness since moving to Wigan. That surprising transfer last summer was motivated by Holt’s desire to move closer to his family in Cumbria, yet the forward revealed the chance to return to the top flight was one he could not pass up on. “It’s a massive opportunity for me personally, an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” he added. “To be able to come back into the Premier League, especially at a club as big as Villa, is fantastic and it’s an opportunity for me to work with the gaffer and his staff again as well.” Villa have won just one of their last eight games and the pressure is building on Lambert with his side just five points off the relegation zone.
1. The rich zooplankton, fish and squid resources on the Patagonian Shelf sustain substantial populations of largely resident seabirds and marine mammals, These habitats are also visited seasonally by similar species from elsewhere but few data exist on their status and origin. Recent studies, using satellite-tracking to determine foraging ranges and feeding areas of seabirds and am marine mammals breeding at South Georgia, have shown that several species make substantial use of the waters of the Patagonian Shelf. 2. Wandering albatrosses use shelf-edge areas year-round with direct observations of both sexes of almost all age classes, including, breeding, pre-breeding and non-breeding individuals. White-chinned petrels and female Northern and Southern giant petrels mainly visit during incubation and post-breeding, particularly to the Falklands Current (White-chinned petrels) and to upwelling areas around the southern shelf-break from the Burdwood Bank in the cast to Staten Island and Diego Ramirez in the west (giant petrels). Northern giant petrel males during incubation and Antarctic fur seals in winter reach inner shelf habitats in the northern sector. In contrast, South Georgia populations of black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses do not appear to use the Patagonian Shelf at any stage of their breeding cycle. 3. Although the use of the Patagonian Shelf by visiting species is now best documented for South Georgia species, recent observational data confirm that seabirds from Diego Ramirez, Tristan da Cunha and Gough visit the southern and northern sectors, during both breeding and non-breeding seasons respectively. Several Antarctic species (notably Antarctic fulmar and cape petrel) winter in the region as do at least two albatross species from New Zealand; other species (especially Wilson’s storm petrels) use it as a staging ground on migration, as do several species of baleen whales and possibly other cetacean species. 4. Three of the seabird species which breed on the Patagonian Shelf are Globally Threatened; seven of the visiting species (and four baleen whale species) also have this status. The Patagonian Shelf is, therefore, not only of global importance for the diversity and abundance of its resident top predators but is just as critical for the survival of many visiting species, some of which are even more endangered. 5. Combining data from satellite-tracking with conventional mapping from direct observations offers the prospect of defining the foraging ranges (and the main feeding areas within these) of a range of key top predator species. Such data should be used, in conjunction with similar information of the distributions of fish, squid and zooplankton resources and of fishing effort, to identify critical marine habitats whose precautionary, multiple-use sustainable management will be vital to protect the interests of both commercial fishers and top predators.