Nick Moran



BirdTrack Organiser


BirdTrack is a free online system for birdwatchers to store and analyse their records. My role includes the day-to-day running of BirdTrack: Updating the homepage and assisting county recorders by checking BirdTrack records and corresponding with observers, for example. I’m also tasked with increasing participation in BirdTrack through a wide range of publicity media so if you are a birdwatcher reading this and you haven’t done so already, register and get started today!


BSc (Hons), Environmental Biology, St Andrews University, 1994–1998
Postgradutate Certificate in Education (Science/Biology), Oxford University, 1999–2000

Research Interests/ Responsibilities

I am committed to enhancing the value of bird records by improving the flow of data from observers to repositories which allow these data to be analysed and used for conservation. Of particular interest to me is the use of bird (and other taxa) records to investigate changes in distribution and migration timing.

Other Information 

Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia council member.
Bird tour guiding experience in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Advanced Open Water Diver.
I hold a BTO 'C' permit for bird ringing.

Selected Publications 

Newson, S.E., Moran, N.J., Musgrove, A.J., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Gillings, S., Atkinson, P.W., Miller, R., Grantham, M.J. and Baillie, S.R. 2016. Long-term changes in the migration phenology of UK breeding birds detected by large-scale citizen science recording schemes. Ibis 158 (3): 481-495.

Campbell, O.J., Moran, N. J. 2016. Phenology of spring landbird migration through Abu Dhabi island, United Arab Emirates, 2007–2014. Sandgrouse 38: 38–70.

Thaxter, C.B., Moran, N.J., Musgrove, A.J. & Burton, N.H.K. 2011. The National Seawatching Workshop 11 November 2010 conclusions and recommendations. BTO Research Report 591.

Wotton, S., Grantham, M.J., Moran, N.J. & Gilbert, G. 2011. Eurasian Bittern distribution and abundance in the UK during the 2009/10 winter. British Birds 104: 636 - 641.

Editorial advisor to Birds of the Middle East: Second Edition (Pond Herons).

Contributing author to Where To Watch Birds: World Cities (Shanghai section).

Various articles for British Birds, BTOnews, Birdwatch, Sandgrouse and the BirdGuides webzine.

Contact Details

Email: nick.moran [at]
Telephone: 01842 750050
Fax: 01842 750030
Postal address: British Trust for Ornithology, The Nunnery, Thetford, IP24 2PU, UK.