Mike Toms

Mike Toms

Job Description

Head of Communications


Mike is responsible for how the BTO communicates with a range of audiences, presenting the BTO's science and monitoring work and promoting the role of its volunteer fieldworkers in the provision of data that support conservation science and inform policy. He oversees the BTO's Communications Team, covering the BTO's press, website and publishing operations.

Interests & Responsibilities

In addition to work on birds and other taxa within the garden environment (Mike was BTO's Head of Garden Ecology for many years), his research interest extends to encompass work on Barn Owl survey and monitoring methods, methods for monitoring mammal species and bird migration. He is a BTO ringer, a Nest Recorder and an active fieldworker. His interests are reflected in both his peer-reviewed papers and more popular books, the latter including Flight Lines (2017) and the New Naturalist volumes on Owls (2014) and Garden Birds (2019).

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)
Mike Toms 2017. Flight Lines: Tracking the wonders of bird migration. BTO Books, Thetford, Norfolk Link to publication ISBN: 978-1-908581-77-8 224pp
Henrietta Pringle, Gavin Siriwardena and Mike Toms 2017. Informing best practice for mitigation and enhancement measures for barn owls. Research Report no. 692. British Trust for Ornithology ISBN: 978-1-908581-72-3 34pp PDF icon Download Report (1.12 MB)
Clewley, G.D., Plummer, K.E., Robinson, R.A., Simm, C.H. & Toms, M.P. 2015. The effect of artificial lighting on the arrival time of birds using garden feeding stations in winter: A missed opportunity?. Urban Ecosystems 19 : 535-546 View at journal website (DOI: 10.1007%2Fs11252-015-0516-y)
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)

Other publications

Toms, M.P. 1996. Project Barn Owl: the first full year of this three-year study. The Raptor 23 : 32-36 Edit link: edit