Henrietta Pringle

Research Ecologist

Henrietta is part of the Terrestrial Ecology team, researching and analysing impacts of land-use on bird distributions and ecology.

Interests & Responsibilities

Henrietta has a background in farmland ecology, having studied the potential impacts of large-scale biomass crop cultivation on farmland birds, by examining the nesting success of lapwings and diet of whitethroats and yellowhammers in and around these crops. This has prepared her for her role at BTO, where her work has involved collation and analysis of national datasets to examine the impacts of agricultural land-use on birds and effectiveness of agri-environment schemes. She is currently involved in a large collaborative project investigating biodiversity of freshwater systems and the influence of connectivity on response to land-use drivers.

Henrietta also has an interest in invasive species, having examined the impacts of ring-necked parakeets on the foraging behaviour of native birds using garden bird feeders, and has extensive fieldwork experience, both in the UK and abroad.


2016 PhD Imperial College, London. Nesting and brood rearing opportunities for farmland birds in and around Miscanthus and Short Rotation Coppice biomass crops
2010 MRes Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College, London
2008 BSc Zoology, Durham University

Other Publications

Peck, H.L., Pringle, H.E., Marshall, H.H., Owens, I.P.F. & Lord, A.M. 2014. Experimental evidence of impacts of an invasive parakeet on foraging behavior of native birds. Behavioral Ecology, 25, 582–590.

Recent BTO Publications

Chapman, D.S., Gunn, I.D.M., Pringle, H.E.K., Siriwardena, G.M., Taylor, P., Thackeray, S.J., Willby, N.J. & Carvalho, L. 2019. Invasion of freshwater ecosystems is promoted by network connectivity to hotspots of human activity. Global Ecology and Biogeography View at journal website (DOI: 10.1111/geb.13051) 11pp
Pringle, H., Wilson, M., Calladine, J. & Siriwardena, G.M. 2019. Associations between gamebird releases and general predators. Journal of Applied Ecology View at journal website (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13451) 12pp
Henrietta E K Pringle, Niall H K Burton 2018. Improving understanding of the possible relationship between improving freshwater and coastal water quality and bird interest on designated sites - phase 1 review. Research Report no. 696. British Trust for Ornithology , Thetford, Norfolk ISBN: 978-1-908581-83-9 50pp
Henrietta Pringle, Gavin Siriwardena and Mike Toms 2017. Informing best practice for mitigation and enhancement measures for barn owls. Research Report no. 692. British Trust for Ornithology ISBN: 978-1-908581-72-3 34pp

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