Björn Beckmann

Research Ecologist

Björn works as a Research Ecologist on the BTO Scotland science team. His current main focus is the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme, helping with data management and analysis in order to improve understanding of raptor populations and support their conservation.

Interests & Responsibilities

Before joining BTO, Björn worked as a Quantitative Ecologist at the Biological Records Centre within the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology on national recording scheme data, particularly of insects, contributing to a study of farmland birds and agri-environment schemes, and modelling invasive species distributions in Europe.

Previously, Björn worked in Austria, carrying out bird and plant surveys for ecological consultancies and BirdLife Austria, and he was the ringer and climber for a White-tailed Eagle conservation project and a Honey Buzzard study. For his “civilian national service” Bjorn worked on a Great Bustard head-starting project in Germany.

Björn is a member of the Scottish Raptor Study Group, helping with peregrine, goshawk, sparrowhawk, osprey, red kite and barn owl nest monitoring, including as a climber. Bjorn also co-organises the Grasshopper & related insects Recording Scheme of Britain and Ireland.


PhD, University of York: ‘Using citizen science data to reveal the role of ecological processes in range changes of grasshoppers and crickets in Britain’, 2017
MSc Environment and Development, University of Reading, 2002
BA/MA Classics, University of Oxford, 1999
German Bird Ringing Licence, Hiddensee Bird Ringing Station, 2005
Tree climbing training, State Forestry Department Brandenburg, 2001

Recent BTO Publications

Challis, A., Beckmann, B.C., Wilson, M.W., Eaton, M.A., Stevenson, A., Stirling-Aird, P., Thornton, M. & Wilkinson, N.I. 2023. Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme Annual Report 2021 & 2022. Link to publication ISBN: 2632-2374

Other Publications

Rabitsch, W., Kudrnovsky, H., Roy, H., Beckmann, B., Peyton, J., Purse, B., Edney, S., Scalera, R., Kenis, M., Seehausen, L., Shaw, R., Tanner, R., Zenetos, A., Karachle, P., Adriaens, T., Verreycken, H., Verzelen, Y., Lucy, F., Garland, D., Sewell, J., Wood, C., Robertson, P., Stewart, A., Galanidi, M., Tricarico, E., Murchie, A., Brundu, G., Mancinelli, G., Justine, J-L., Winsor, L. 2022. Study on invasive alien species. Development of risk assessments to tackle priority species and enhance prevention: final report (and annexes). European Commission.

Hayhow, D.B., Eaton, M.A., Stanbury, A.J., Burns, F., Kirby, W.B., Bailey, N., Beckmann, B., Bedford, J., Boersch-Supan, P.H., Coomber, F., Dennis, E.B., Dolman, S.J., Dunn, E., Hall, J., Harrower, C., Hatfield, J.H., Hawley, J., Haysom, K., Hughes, J., Johns, D.G., Mathews, F., McQuatters-Gollop, A., Noble, D.G., Outhwaite, C.L., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Pescott, O.L., Powney, G.D., Symes N. 2019. State of Nature 2019. State of Nature Partnership.

Outhwaite, C.L., Powney, G.D., August, T.A., Chandler, R.E., Rorke, S., Pescott, O.L., Harvey, M., Roy, H.E., Fox, R., Roy, D.B., Alexander, K., Ball, S., Bantock, T., Barber, A., Beckmann, B.C., Cook, T., Flanagan, J., Fowles, A., Hammond, P., Harvey, P., Hepper, D., Hubble, D., Kramer, J., Lee, P., MacAdam, C., Morris, R., Norris, A., Palmer, S., Plant, C.W., Simkin, J., Stubbs, A., Sutton, P., Telfer, M., Wallace, I., Isaac, N.J.B. 2019. Annual estimates of occupancy for bryophytes, lichens and invertebrates in the UK, 1970–2015. Nature Scientific Data, 6(1): 1-12
Redhead, J.W., Hinsley, S.A., Beckmann, B.C., Broughton, R.K., Pywell, R.F. 2018. Effects of agri-environmental habitat provision on winter and breeding season abundance of farmland birds. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 251: 114-123
Beckmann, B. 2017. Using citizen science data to reveal the role of ecological processes in range changes of grasshoppers and crickets in Britain. PhD thesis, University of York.

Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Beale, C.M., Oliver, T.H., August, T.A., Carroll, M., Massimino, D., Ockendon, N., Savage, J., Wheatley, C.J., Ausden, M.A., Bradbury, R.B., Duffield, S.J., Macgregor, N.A., McClean, C.J., Morecroft, M.D., Thomas, C.D., Watts, O., Beckmann, B.C., Fox, R., Roy, H.E., Sutton, P.G., Walker, K.J., Crick, H.Q.P. 2017. A national-scale assessment of climate change impacts on species: Assessing the balance of risks and opportunities for multiple taxa. Biological Conservation, 213: 124-134

Burns, F., Eaton, M.A., Barlow, K.E., Beckmann, B.C., Brereton, T., Brooks, D.R., Brown, P.M.J., Al Fulaij, N., Gent, T., Henderson, I., Noble, D.G., Parsons, M., Powney, G.D., Roy, H.E., Stroh, P., Walker, K., Wilkinson, J.W., Wotton, S.R., Gregory, R.D. 2016. Agricultural management and climatic change are the major drivers of biodiversity change in the UK. PLoS One, 11(3): e0151595

Beckmann, B.C., Purse, B.V., Roy, D.B., Roy, H.E., Sutton, P.G., Thomas, C.D. 2015. Two species with an unusual combination of traits dominate responses of British grasshoppers and crickets to environmental change. PloS One, 10(6): e0130488
Roy, D.B., Oliver, T.H., Botham, M.S., Beckmann, B., Brereton, T., Dennis, R.L.H., Harrower, C., Phillimore, A.B., Thomas, J.A. 2015. Similarities in butterfly emergence dates among populations suggest local adaptation to climate. Global Change Biology, 21(9): 3313-3322
Stewart, A.J.A., Bantock, T.M., Beckmann, B.C., Botham, M.S., Hubble, D., Roy, D.B. 2015. The role of ecological interactions in determining species ranges and range changes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 115(3): 647-663
Pocock, M.J.O., Newson, S.E., Henderson, I.G., Peyton, J., Sutherland, W.J., Noble, D.G., Ball, S.G., Beckmann, B.C., Biggs, J., Brereton, T., Bullock, D.J., Buckland, S.T., Edwards, M., Eaton, M.A., Harvey, M.C., Hill, M.O., Horlock, M., Hubble, D.S., Julian, A.J., Mackey, E.C., Mann, D.J., Marshall, M.J., Medlock, J.M., O'Mahony, E.M., Pacheco, M., Porter, K., Prentice, S., Procter, D.A., Roy, H.E., Southway, S.E., Shortall, C.R., Stewart, A.J.A., Wembridge, D.E., Wright, D.A., Roy, D.B. 2015. Developing and enhancing biodiversity monitoring programmes: a collaborative assessment of priorities. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52(3): 686-695
Roy, H.E., Rorke, S.L., Beckmann, B., Booy, O., Botham, M.S., Brown, P.M.J., Harrower, C., Noble, D., Sewell, J., Walker, K. 2015. The contribution of volunteer recorders to our understanding of biological invasions. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 115(3): 678-689
Roy, H.E., Bacon, J., Beckmann, B., Harrower, C.A., Hill, M.O., Isaac, N.J.B., Preston, C.D., Rathod, B., Rorke, S.L., Marchant, J.H. 2012. Non-Native Species in Great Britain: establishment, detection and reporting to inform effective decision making. Defra.
Botham, M.S., Brereton, T.M., Middlebrook, I., Cruickshanks, K.L., Harrower, C., Beckmann, B., Roy, D. 2010. United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme annual report 2008, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford.

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