Kate Risely

Garden BirdWatch Organiser

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

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 2007-2014

Previously a member of the New Networks for Nature Steering Group

BTO contact for the Garden Wildlife Health partnership


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

Recent BTO Publications

Burns, F., Eaton, M.A., Balmer, D.E., Banks, A., Caldow, R., Donelan, J.L., Douse, A., Duigan, C., Foster, S., Frost, T., Grice, P.V., Hall, C., Hanmer, H.J., Harris, S.J., Johnstone, I., Lindley, P., McCulloch, N., Noble, D.G., Risely, K., Robinson, R.A. & Wotton, S. 2020. The State of the UK's Birds 2020. RSPB, BTO, WWT, DAERA, JNCC, NatureScot, NE and NRW
Maund, P.R., Irvine, K.N., Lawson, B., Steadman, J., Risely, K., Cunningham, A.A. & Davies, Z.G. 2020. What motivates the masses: Understanding why people contribute to conservation citizen science projects. Biological Conservation 246 View at journal website (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108587) 10pp
Plummer, K.E., Risely, K., Toms, M.P. & Siriwardena, G.M. 2019. The composition of British bird communities is associated with long-term garden bird feeding. Nature Communications View at journal website (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10111-5)
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

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