Pattern and Change
Much of the focus of the Bird Atlas project was concerned with producing maps of the distribution or abundance of particular species. However, the data allow many ways to explore other patterns. For example, we can group species together to identify the parts of Britain and Ireland where they are faring particularly well or especially poorly. Chapter 6 of the Atlas, concerned with pattern and change, shows a number of maps for sets of species grouped according to taxonomy or ecology. For example, the map to the right shows how the abundance of a group of breeding waders has changed between 1988–91 and 2008–11, indicating that in many parts of Britain and western Ireland, breeding waders are in steep decline. BirdWatch Ireland are using this information to target areas for conservation.
Unlocking the science to reveal the state of nature
David Noble takes a sober look at the latest State of Nature Report.
What effect might annual releases of non-native gamebirds be having on native biodiversity?
Henrietta Pringle reveals the work behind a recent paper on gamebirds and predation