Lee Barber

Demographic Surveys Organiser

Lee is responsible for running the Constant Effort Sites (CES), Retrapping Adults for Survival (RAS) ringing projects and the Nest Record Scheme (NRS), as well as providing all round ringing support.  Training in these aspects is also covered by his role in the Ringing and Nest Recording Team.

BSc (Hons) Zoology, Aberystwyth University, 1999 - 2002

Interests & Responsibilities

Lee organises and runs the two national ringing projects, CES and RAS.  This includes liaison with ringers over project design prior to registering projects, maintaining the scheme databases, processing data submissions, analysing the data and producing annual trends and reporting outputs, promotion of the schemes (including maintaining the content for the CES and RAS sections of the BTO website) and volunteer liaison.

As an organiser of the NRS, Lee promotes the scheme and offers support to nest recorders to help with the collection and submission of data to the BTO.  He oversees the NRS mentors and nest recording courses.

Lee has been a bird ringer since 2004 and holds a BTO 'A' permit.  He has run a CE Site in South Norfolk since 2012 and has two RAS studies, on Woodpigeon and Collared Dove.  Ringing and nesting are his main passions and he rings a wide variety of birds using various methods, while also training others.  Before joining the BTO he worked for the RSPB on species specific projects, specialising in nest finding of Spotted Flycatcher and Twite.

Recent BTO Publications

Thaxter, C.B., Ross-Smith, V.H., Bouten, W., Clark, N.A., Conway, G.J., Masden, E.A., Clewley, G.D., Barber, L.J. & Burton, N.H.K. 2019. Avian vulnerability to wind farm collision through the year: insights from Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus) tracked from multiple breeding colonies. Journal of Applied Ecology View at journal website (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13488)
Chris B Thaxter, Gary Clewley, Lee Barber, Greg J Conway, Nigel A Clark, Emily S Scragg, Niall H K Burton 2018. Assessing habitat use of Herring Gulls in the Morecambe Bay SPA using GPS tracking devices. Research Report no. 693. British Trust for Ornithlogy, Thetford, Norfolk ISBN: 978-1-908581-82-2 77pp
Thaxter, C.B., Ross-Smith, V.H., Bouten, W., Masden, E.A., Clark, N.A., Conway, G.J., Barber, L., Clewley, G.D. & Burton, N.H.K. 2018. Dodging the blades: new insights into three-dimensional space use of offshore wind farms by lesser black-backed gulls Larus fuscus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 587 : 247-253 View at journal website (DOI: 10.3354/meps12415)
Dadam, D., Clark, J.A., Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., Moss, D., Kew, A.J., Barber, L.J., Barimore, C.J., Blackburn, J.R., De Palacio, D.X., Grantham, M.J., Griffin, B.M. & Schäfer, S. 2013. Bird ringing and nest recording in Britain and Ireland in 2012.. Ringing & Migration 28 : 113-155 Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2013.872947)
Dadam, D., Clark, J.A., Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., Moss, D., Kew, A.J., Barber, L.J., Barimore, C.J., Blackburn, J.R., De Palacio, D.X., Griffin, B.M. & Sch 2012. Bird ringing and nest recording in Britain and Ireland in 2011. Ringing & Migration 27 (part 2) : 109-153 Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2012.756293)
Clark, J.A., Dadam, D., Robinson, R.A., Moss, D., Leech, D.I., Barber, L., Blackburn, J., Conway, G.J., de Palacio, D., Griffin, B.M. & Sch 2011. Bird ringing in Britain and Ireland in 2010. Ringing & Migration 26 (part 2) : 118-160 Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2011.638487)

Other Publications

Walker, R.H., Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., Moss, D., Barimore, C.J., Blackburn, J.R., Barber, L.J., Clewley, G.D., de Palacio, D.X., Grantham, M.J. and Griffin, B.M., Kew, A.J., Schaefer, S. & Clark J.A. 2016. Bird ringing and nest recording in Britain and Ireland in 2016. Ringing & Migration 32, 111-155.

Walker, R.H., Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., Moss, D., Barimore, C.J., Blackburn, J.R., Barber, L.J., Clewley, G.D., de Palacio, D.X., Grantham, M.J. and Griffin, B.M., Kew, A.J., Schaefer, S. & Clark, J.A. 2016. Bird ringing and nest recording in Britain and Ireland in 2015. Ringing & Migration 31, 115-159.

Walker, R.H., Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., Moss, D., Kew, A.J., Barber, L.J., Barimore, C.J., Blackburn, J.R., Clewley, G.D., de Palacio, D.X. and Grantham, M.J., Griffin, B.M., Schaefer, S. & Clark, J.A. 2015. Bird ringing and nest recording in Britain and Ireland in 2014. Ringing & Migration 30, 84 - 147.

Walker, R.H., Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., Moss, D., Kew, A.J., Barber, L.J., Barimore, C.J., Blackburn, de Palacio, D.X., Grantham, M.J. and Griffin, B.M., Schaefer, S. & Clark, J.A. 2014. Bird ringing and nest recording in Britain and Ireland in 2013. Ringing & Migration 29, 90-150.


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