Ian Woodward


Ian Woodward, Research Ecologist,  Wetland & Marine Research.

Research Officer, Wetlands and Marine Research


I support the Ecologists within the BTO who are undertaking research into bird populations and ecology


MSc Conservation (Distinction), University College London, 2008 - 2009

Research Interests/Responsibilities

My work is predominantly supporting marine research projects within the Wetlands and Marine team, for example analysing data for offshore wind farm proposals. I am also involved in other BTO research work including the House Martin project.

Other Information

I have a lifelong interest in birds and am an experienced field surveyor. Prior to undertaking my current role, I worked as a Field Ornithologist for the BTO on woodland and farmland projects, and have also organised BTO survey coverage in North London and Essex as a (voluntary) BTO Regional Representative.

Since 2007, I have been leading the London Bird Atlas project (for the London Natural History Society in conjunction with the BTO Atlas), and we are currently writing up the final results of this work.

Apart from BTO surveys, previous research and survey work has included monitoring Mandarin and House Martin populations in north-east London, and research investigating the breeding ecology of a population of Tufted Ducks for my MSc dissertation project (‘Analysis of breeding Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) numbers at Walthamstow Reservoirs SSSI: Implications for Common Standards Monitoring methodology and site management’, report for Natural England, 2009)

Selected Publications

  • Woodward, I., Bray, J., Marchant, J, Austin, J. & Calladine, J. 2015. A review of literature on the qualifying interest species of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in the Firth of Forth and development related influences. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No.804 http://www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/publications/commissioned_reports/804.pdf 
  • Woodward, I. & Arnold, R. 2012.  The changing status of the breeding birds of the inner London area.  British Birds 105: 433-457

Contact Details

Email: ian.woodward [at] bto.org
Telephone: 01842 750050
Fax: 01842 750030
Postal address: British Trust for Ornithology, The Nunnery, Thetford, IP24 2PU, UK.