Chris Wernham

Chris Wernham

Job Description

Associate Director, Country Offices


Chris is responsible for leading the work of BTO Scotland, overseeing our programme of research and the activities that underpin development of our supporter base in Scotland.


BSc (Hons) Ecology, University of Stirling, 1985-1989 PhD “Ecology and energetics of breeding Puffins: variation in individual reproductive effort and success”, University of Stirling, 1990-1993

Interests & Responsibilities

Chris's team at BTO Scotland is responsible for a programme of science that is relevant to the Scottish context, with particular expertise in upland/montane/moorland and forestry research, and raptors. We also have research interests in urban issues, seabirds and stakeholder engagement/human-wildlife conflict resolution. Chris's team has the additional responsibility of enhancing the coverage and relevance of BTO-led long-term monitoring schemes in Scotland, and working more generally to increase the BTO’s overall supporter base of Members, volunteers and funders in Scotland.

Chris has a particular background in avian demography and migration/movements, having previously held the posts of Senior Populations Biologist (Ringing Scheme) and Migration Atlas Project Manager at the BTO. Since joining the BTO in 1996 she has worked on a wide range of applied and policy-driven conservation research, survey and review projects, including: the conflicts of fish-eating birds with fisheries; the population dynamics of Canada Geese; the effects of predatory birds on wildlife in Scotland; demography and management of urban gull populations; goose management policy in Scotland; and other applied work on seabirds (gulls and auks), raptors and geese. She has a particular interest in raptors, and was one of the editors of the field guide to surveying and monitoring raptors. She is BTO’s main representative on the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Group, on behalf of which BTO Scotland employs the Raptor Monitoring Officer, Brian Etheridge.

Other Information

Honorary Lecturer, SBES, University of Stirling BTO Scotland representative on the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Group Licensed bird ringer

Recent BTO Publications

Appleton, G.F. & Wernham, C.V. 2012. Scotland's long-distance migrants - contrasting changes and new challenges. Scottish Birds 32 (part 2) : 148-154
Calladine, J., Garner, G. & Wernham, C. 2012. Developing methods for the field survey and monitoring of breeding Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus) in the UK: an interim report from pilot fieldwork in 2006. Research Report no. 472. ISBN: 978-1-908581-17-4 62pp PDF icon Download Report (474.61 KB)
Dobson, A., Holling, M., Jones, K. & Wernham, C. 2012. A preliminary overview of monitoring for raptors in Great Britain. Acrocephalus 33 (part 154) : 225-232
Vrezec, A., Duke, G., Kovács, A., Saurola, P., Wernham,C., Burfield, I., Movalli, P., Bertoncelj I. 2012. Overview of raptor monitoring activities in Europe. Acrocephalus 33 (part 154) : 145-157
Cook, M., Waltho, C., Evans, I. & Wernham, C. 2011. Why Bird Monitoring in Scotland Needs More Volunteers. Book title: The Changing Nature of Scotland. The Stationery Office, Scotland, Edinburgh : 139-144

Other publications

Wernham-Calladine, C.V. 1995. Guillemot preening activity in relation to tick infestation. British Ecological Society Bulletin 26 : 187-195