Andy Musgrove

Andy Musgrove

Job Description

Associate Director, Monitoring


Andy oversees the work of BTO's two monitoring teams – Surveys and Demography – which collectively cover almost all of the surveys and schemes where volunteers contribute their records of birds they have observed, counted, ringed or nest-recorded.


BSc (Hons) Chemistry, Bristol University, 1989-1992 PhD Investigations into a Raptor-Human Conflict, Bristol University, 1992-1996

Interests & Responsibilities

The Surveys and Demography teams organise volunteer-based surveys to collect the data underpinning the BTO's definitive status measures of UK bird populations, including population estimates, trends, distribution, productivity, survival and movements. The team disseminates its findings to researchers, government, consultancies and the wider public. Andy is particularly involved in the development of BirdTrack, and more widely interested in development of intuitive and attractive online recording approaches to data collection. He is also interested in understanding to what extent the UK's volunteer birdwatching network can be mobilised to collect useful data on non-avian taxa.

Other Information

Member of the British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee. Long-term birder and all-round naturalist.

Recent BTO Publications

Newson, S.E., Moran, N.J., Musgrove, A.J., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Gillings, S., Atkinson, P.W., Miller, R., Grantham, M.J. & Baillie, S.R. 2016. Long-term changes in the migration phenology of UK breeding birds detected by large-scale citizen science recording schemes. Ibis 158 (part 3) : 481-495 View at journal website (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12367)
Méndez, V., Austin, G.E., Musgrove, A.J., Ross-Smith, V.H., Hearn, R.D., Stroud, D.A., Wotton, S.R. & Chas A. Holt, C.A. 2015. Use of environmental stratification to derive non-breeding population estimates of dispersed waterbirds in Great Britain. Journal for Nature Conservation View at journal website (DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2015.09.001)
Harris, S.J., Massimino, D., Newson, S.E., Eaton, M.A., Balmer, D.E., Noble, D.G., Musgrove, A.J., Gillings, S., Procter, D. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2015. The Breeding Bird Survey 2014. Research Report no. 673. Link to publication ISBN: 978-1-908581-56-3 24pp
Andy Musgrove, Iain Downie, Mark Hammond, Nick Moran & Karen Wright 2014. Odonata recording within BirdTrack: Non-technical specification. Research Report no. 614. ISBN: 978-1-908581-12-9 24pp PDF icon Download Report (580.71 KB)
Crowe, O., Musgrove, A.J. & O'Halloran, J. 2014. Generating population estimates for common and widespread breeding birds in Ireland. Bird Study 61 (part 1) : 82-90 Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.868401)
Johnston, A., Newson, S.E., Risely, K., Musgrove, A.J., Massimino, D., Baillie, S.R. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2014. Species traits explain variation in detectability of UK birds. Bird Study 61 (part 3) : 340-350 Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2014.941787)