Mike Toms

Mike Toms

Job Description

Associate Director, Communications (Science)


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 Garden Ecology and Marketing Teams, the latter 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 interest in owls is evident from his book in the New Naturalist Series on the subject, published in 2014.

Recent BTO Publications

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)
Morrison, C. A., Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., Dadam, D. & Toms. M.P. 2014. Using citizen science to investigate the role of productivity in House Sparrow Passer domesticus population trends. Bird Study 61 (part 1) : 91-100 Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.874975)

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