Kate Risely

Kate Risely

Job Description

Garden BirdWatch Organiser


Leading the BTO's Garden Ecology team and co-ordinating the programme of garden ecology surveys and research, within the Communications department.


BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Nottingham 1998-2001

Interests & Responsibilities

Kate has overall responsibility for running for Garden BirdWatch, a 'citizen science' project where volunteers record birds and other taxa using their gardens on a weekly, year-round basis, as well as additional garden-based surveys. Kate is interested in the research and conservation applications of our garden wildlife data.

Other Information

Ringing trainer and 'A' permit holder, and worked in the BTO Ringing team 2004 - 2007

Organised the BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey from 2007 - 2014

Member of the New Networks for Nature Steering Group

Contribute monthly articles to BirdWatching Magazine

Recent BTO Publications

Lawson, B., Robinson, R.A., Rodriquez-Ramos Fernandez, J., John, S.K., Benitez, L., Tolf, C., Risely, K., Toms, M., Cunnigham, A.A. & William, R.A.J 2018. Spatio-temporal dynamics and aetiology of proliferative leg skin lesions in wild British finches. Scientific Reports 8 View at journal website (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-32255-y)
Lawson, B., Robinson, R. A., Toms, M. P., Risely, R., MacDonald, S., Cunningham, A. A. 2018. Health hazards to wild birds and risk factors associated with anthropogenic food provisioning. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B View at journal website (DOI: /10.1098/rstb.2017.0091)
Kate Risely and Clare Simm 2016. Garden Birds and other wildlife. British Trust for Ornithology Link to publication ISBN: 978-1-908581-68-6 224pp
Eglington, S.M., Brereton, T.M., Tayleur, C.M., Noble, D., Risely, K., Roy, D.B. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2016. Patterns and causes of covariation in bird and butterfly community structure . Landscape Ecology 30 (part 8) : 1 461-1 472 View at journal website (DOI: 10.1007%2Fs10980-015-0199-z)
Plummer, K.E., Siriwardena, G.M., Conway, G.J., Risely, K. & Toms, M.P. 2015. Is supplementary feeding in gardens a driver of evolutionary change in a migratory bird species?. Global Change Biology 21 : 4 353-4 363 Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13070)
Hayhow D.B., Conway G., Eaton M.A., Grice P.V., Hall C., Holt C.A., Kuepfer A., Noble D.G., Oppel S., Risely K., Stringer C., Stroud D.A., Wilkinson N. and Wotton S. 2015. The State of the UK's Birds 2014. RSPB, BTO, WWT, JNCC, NE, NIEA, NRW and SNH, Sandy, Bedfordshire PDF icon Download Report (2.59 MB)