There are now two main publications resulting from WBBS, the BTO's BirdTrends report and the BBS Report (since 2015). In the BTO's BirdTrends report, the survey's long-term trends are put into context alongside other monitoring of population levels and measures of breeding productivity and annual survival rates. The overall picture for each species is discussed using the recent scientific literature. BirdTrends is updated annually to take account of each year's new data and publications. WBBS reporting is now included in the annual BBS Report including WBBS news, coverage and the all important trends.
A series of BTO research reports details the planning and development of the WBBS and aspects of its results, for birds and for mammals. In addition, there are some peer-reviewed publications that have used WBBS data. Some key references are listed below, in date order:
Marchant, J.H., Langston, R. & Gregory, R.D. (1996) The Waterways Bird Survey: an evaluation and appraisal of its future role. R&D Technical Report W22. Environment Agency, Bristol. Full text
Langston, R.H.W., Marchant, J.H. & Gregory, R.D. (1997) Waterways Bird Survey: evaluation of population monitoring and appraisal of future requirements. In Freshwater Quality: defining the Indefinable? (eds Boon, P.J. & Howell, D.L.), pp 282–289. The Stationery Office & Scottish Natural Heritage, Edinburgh. ISBN: 0114957541
Marchant, J.H. & Gregory, R.D. (1999) Waterways Breeding Bird Survey pilot survey 1998: adaptation of BBS census methods to rivers and canals. R&D Technical Report W205. Environment Agency, Bristol. Full text
Marchant, J.H., Noble, D.G., Leech, D.I. & Freeman, S.N. (2002) River Habitat Survey and Waterways Breeding Bird Survey 1998–2000: final report. R&D Technical Report W1-043/TR. Full text
Marchant, J.H. & Gregory, R.D. (2004) Surveying riparian breeding birds in the United Kingdom. In Bird Numbers 1995, Proceedings of the International Conference and 13th Meeting of the European Bird Census Council, Pärnu, Estonia, (ed Anselin, A.). Bird Census News 13 (2000): 19–31.
Vaughan, I.P. (2004) Development of species distribution models and their application to birds in river habitats. PhD thesis, Cardiff University. Full text
Marchant, J.H., Joys, A.C., Noble, D.G. & Coombes, R.H. (2006) Waterways Breeding Bird Survey: progress and population trends 1998–2004. Science report SC010012. Environment Agency, Bristol. ISBN: 1844325334 Full text
Vaughan, I.P., Noble, D.G. & Ormerod, S.J. (2007) Combining surveys of river habitats and river birds to appraise riverine hydromorphology. Freshwater Biology 52: 2270–2284.
Everard, M. & Noble, D. (2010) The development of bird indicators for British fresh waters and wetlands. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 20: S117–S124. doi: 10.1002/aqc.1074
Royan, A., Hannah, D.M., Reynolds, S.J., Noble, D.G. & Sadler, J.P. (2013) Avian community responses to variability in river hydrology. PLoS ONE 8(12): e83221. Full text
Baillie, S.R., Marchant, J.H., Leech, D.I., Massimino, D., Sullivan, M.J.P., Eglington, S.M., Barimore, C., Dadam, D., Downie, I.S., Harris, S.J., Kew, A.J., Newson, S.E., Noble, D.G., Risely, K. & Robinson, R.A. (2014) BirdTrends 2014: trends in numbers, breeding success and survival for UK breeding birds. Research Report 662. BTO, Thetford. www.bto.org/birdtrends
Royan, A., Hannah, D.M., Reynolds, S.J., Noble, D.G. & Sadler, J.P. (2014) River birds' response to hydrological extremes: new vulnerability index and conservation implications. Biological Conservation 177: 64–73.
Royan, A., Prudhomme, C., Hannah, D.M., Reynolds, S.J., Noble, D.G. & Sadler, J.P. (2015) Climate-induced changes in river flow regimes will alter future bird distributions. Ecosphere 6 (4). 50. doi: 10.1890/ES14-00245.1
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