Ian Woodward

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.

Other Information

Ian has a lifelong interest in birds and am 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)


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

Recent BTO Publications

Woodward, I. & Austin, G. 2022. Analysis of waterbird population trends for the Somerset Levels & Moors SPA, its functionally linked land and the Bridgwater Bay coastal sites.. Research Report no. 747. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford, Norfolk ISBN: 978-1-912642-42-7 85pp
Jarrett, D., Calladine, J., Cook, A.S.C.P., Upton, A., Williams, J.,Williams, S., Wilson, J.M., Wilson, M.W., Woodward, I. & Humphreys, E.M. 2022. Behavioural responses of non-breeding waterbirds to marine traffic in the near-shore environment. Bird Study View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2022.2113855)
Woodward, I.D., Austin, G.E., Boersch-Supan, P.H., Thaxter, C.B. & Burton, N.H.K 2022. Assessing drivers of winter abundance change in Eurasian Curlews Numenius arquata in England and Wales. Bird Study View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2022.2049205)
Woodward, I.D., Massimino, D., Hammond, M.J., Barber, L., Barimore, C., Harris, S.J., Leech, D.I., Noble, D.G., Walker, R.H., Baillie, S.R. & Robinson, R.A. 2021. BirdTrends 2020: Trends in numbers, breeding success and survival for UK breeding birds. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford, Norfolk Link to publication
Kettel, E.F., Woodward, I.D., Balmer, D.E. & Noble, D.G. 2020. Using citizen science to assess drivers of Common House Martin breeding performance. Ibis View at journal website (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12888)
Woodward, I., Aebischer, N., Burnell, D., Eaton, M., Frost, T., Hall, C., Stroud, S. & Noble, D. 2020. APEP 4 - Population estimates of birds in Great Britain and the United Kingdom. British Birds 113 : 69-104

Other 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

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