Work on monitoring garden wildlife populations
Gardens are an important component of the urban landscape, being major contributors to urban biodiversity. They may also be important habitats within other (more rural) landscapes, providing seasonal resources that are used by birds and other species. Gardens are not well-monitored by other monitoring schemes (largely because of access problems) so data collected through the BTO Garden BirdWatch and the Garden Bird Feeding Survey provide valuable information that dovetails with that collected through other schemes for other habitats.
Roos, S., Johnston, A. & Noble, D. (2012) UK Hedgehog datasets and their potential for long-term monitoring. BTO Research Report 598. abstract
Toms, M., Humphreys, L. & Wernham, C. (2011) Developing our understanding of biodiversity in Scotland's gardens: the role of the BTO's Garden BirdWatch. in The Changing Nature of Scotland. Marrs et al. (eds) TSO Scotland. abstract
Chamberlain, D.E., Cannon, A.R., Toms, M.P., Leech, D.I., Hatchwell, B.J. & Gaston, K.J. (2009) Avian productivity in urban landscapes: a review and meta-analysis. Ibis 151: 1-18. abstract
Toms, M.P. & Newson, S.E. (2006) Volunteer surveys as a means of inferring trends in garden mammal populations. Mammal Review 36: 309-317 abstract
Cannon, A.R., Chamberlain, D.E., Toms, M.P., Hatchwell, B.J. & Gaston, K.J. (2005) Trends in the use of private gardens by wild birds in Great Britain 1995-2002. Journal of Applied Ecology 42: 659-671 abstract
Bland, R.L., Tully, J. & Greenwood, J.J.D. (2004) Birds breeding in British gardens: an underestimated population? Bird Study 51: 97-106 abstract
Cannon, A.R. (1999) The significance of private gardens for bird conservation. Bird Conservation International 9: 287-297 abstract
Scottish Birdwatchers' Conference
Every year the Scottish Ornithologist's Club arrange a one-day Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference, organised by a local branch of the SOC, in conjunction with BTO Scotland.
Bird ID (Residential, Berry Head, Devon)
Develop your bird identification skills on this weekend course for relative beginners and improvers. Expect a combination of indoor sessions covering the basics of bird identification and outdoor sessions to build your...