Peer-reviewed scientific outputs are an essential part of our work, enabling BTO science to reach a wide audience and to support and underpin policy and ecological study. Many of the papers that we publish are derived from analyses of the main Garden BirdWatch dataset. However, we also carry out other projects, for example the Shortest Day Survey, which also produced scientific outputs in the form of peer-reviewed papers.
The BTO Garden BirdWatch dataset offers many different opportunities for study, allowing us to examine how, when and why birds use gardens and the resources that they contain.
BTO Garden BirdWatch data have been used in the production of Indicators and to examine patterns of garden use in relation to surrounding habitat (e.g. Chamberlain et al. 2004) or external resources (e.g. McKenzie et al. 2007).
Specific projects have looked at House Sparrows in urban habitats (e.g. Chamberlain et al. 2007), the factors influencing arrival times at garden feeding stations (e.g. Ockendon et al. 2009) and how GBW data might be used to monitor mammal populations (e.g. Toms & Newson 2006).
Migration blog (22nd – 28th October)
Many bird watchers have been lamenting on what a poor autumn it has been so far for migration, with numbers of common, scarce, and expected rare species down on what would normally be expected.
Gull ID virtual training (2 sessions, Wednesdays 10am)
The training will consist of two weekly online modules of 90–100 minutes each, complemented by supported self-study exercises which will be provided after each session. The training will be run by BTO staff members Nick...