Amy Challis

Amy Challis


Scottish Raptor Monitoring Coordinator


I work on behalf of the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme (SRMS).  The SRMS is a partnership of eight organisations, each of which plays a key role in Scottish ornithology, notably with expertise in undertaking and reporting on scientifically rigorous monitoring of birds of prey.  I am hosted by BTO Scotland.  I work on behalf of the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme (SRMS)


BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, 2000-2003
PhD “The restoration of intertidal habitats for non-breeding waterbirds through breached managed realignment”, University of Stirling, 2003-2007

Research Interests/Responsibilities

  • Coordinating raptor population monitoring in Scotland for the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme (SRMS), in partnership with members of the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Group (SRMG), and other individuals and organisations with an interest in raptors. 
  • Ensuring the smooth and timely delivery of annual SRMS data collation. 
  • Ensuring the secure storage and efficient flow of SRMS data.
  • Organising and undertaking production of the SRMS report, with the support of editors from the SRMG, and any other annual outputs. 
  • Ensuring high standards of field data collection and collation, leading to robust scientific outputs from the SRMS.
  • Acting as the main point of contact for all raptor monitoring volunteers and organisations with an interest in raptors in Scotland, keeping them motivated to support the SRMS and updated on SRMS activities and outputs. 
  • Increase levels of participation in raptor monitoring in Scotland, by promoting the SRMS to suitable audiences through a range of media and attendance at appropriate events. 
  • Ensuring the SRMS has a high profile amongst its partners and ‘customers’ (data users, conservationists, policy makers, stakeholders) by promoting the Scheme and its outputs widely. 
  • Ensuring SRMS web pages are fit for purpose and updated regularly. 
  • Contributing to the continuing enhancement of the SRMS, to increase its coverage, effectiveness and operational efficiency.
  • Acting as Secretary for the SRMG. 

Selected Publications

  • Challis, A., Holling, M., Stevenson, A., Roos, S., Stirling-Aird, P. & Wilson, M.W. 2014. Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme Report 2013. BTO Scotland, Stirling.

Contact details

Email: amy.challis [at]
Telephone: 01786 466 558
Mobile: 07887 897817
BTO Scotland
School of Biological & Environmental Sciences
Cottrell Building, University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA