Senior Research Ecologist
Ian supports the Ecologists within BTO who are undertaking research into bird populations and ecology.
Interests & Responsibilities
Ian's work is predominantly supporting marine research projects within the Wetlands and Marine team, for example analysing data for offshore wind farm proposals. He is also involved in other BTO research work including the House Martin project.
Ian has a lifelong interest in birds and is an experienced field surveyor. Prior to undertaking his current role, Ian worked as a Field Ornithologist for BTO on woodland and farmland projects, and has also organised BTO survey coverage in North London and Essex as a (voluntary) BTO Regional Representative.
Since 2007, he has been leading the London Bird Atlas project (for the London Natural History Society in conjunction with the BTO Atlas), and final results of this work are currently being written up.
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 his 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)
QualificationsMSc Conservation (Distinction), University College London, 2008 - 2009
Recent BTO 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
Content Related to Ian Woodward
Waterbird trends for the Lough Neagh and Lough Beg Special Protection Area
This analysis of Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) data for the Lough Neagh and Lough Beg SPA provides details of wintering waterfowl population changes around the loughs and assists in identifying potential research questions
Help monitor the UK’s threatened gull species by taking part in the Winter Gull Survey.
The Winter Gull Survey collects information about our wintering gull populations, through the coordinated effort of volunteer surveyors across the UK. It will run over the winters of 2023/24 and 2024/25.