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Into the Red

A collection of words and art inspired by Britain's most vulnerable birds.

2022 | Jewitt, K. & Toms, M.

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Whinchat. Into the Red

Into the Red

A collection of words and art inspired by Britain's most vulnerable birds.

2022 | Jewitt, K. & Toms, M.

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Osprey. Sarah Kelman / BTO

Connectivity between countries established by landbirds and raptors migrating along the African-Eurasian flyway

2022 | Guilherme, J.L., Jones, V.R., Catry, I., Beal, M., Dias, M.P., Oppel, S., Vickery, J.A., Hewson, C.M., Butchart, S.H.M. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. Conservation Biology

Each year, more than two billion birds migrate along the African-Eurasian flyway.

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Chaffinch by Sarah Kelman / BTO

Habitat-use influences severe disease-mediated population declines in two of the most common garden bird species in Great Britain

Is there a garden feeding link to finch decline?

2022 | Hanmer, H.J., Cunningham, A.A., John, S.K., Magregor, S.K., Robinson, R.A., Seilern-Moy, K., Siriwardena, G.M. & Lawson, B. Scientific Reports

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Loth Ferry Port, Sanday, Orkney.

Behavioural responses of non-breeding waterbirds to marine traffic in the near-shore environment

2022 | Jarrett, D., Calladine, J., Cook, A.S.C.P., Upton, A., Williams, J.,Williams, S., Wilson, J.M., Wilson, M.W., Woodward, I. & Humphreys, E.M. Bird Study

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European Badger. Sarah Kelman

Breeding bird population trends during 2013–2019 inside and outside of European Badger control areas in England

Little evidence to indicate consistent, community-level effects of Badger removal on the populations of ground-nesting birds

2022 | Ward, C.V., Heydon, M., Lakin, I., Sullivan, A.J. & Siriwardena, G.M. Journal of Zoology

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Willow Warbler. Chris Knights / BTO

Differential changes in life cycle-event phenology provide a window into regional population declines

Research reveals why Willow Warblers breeding in different parts of Britain are affected by climate change in different ways.

2022 | Hanmer, H.J., Boersch-Supan, P.H. & Robinson, R.A. Biology Letters

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Wildflower Patch. John Redhead / BTO

The effects of a decade of agri-environment intervention in a lowland farm landscape on population trends of birds and butterflies

Can agri-environment schemes achieve positive outcomes for nature?

2022 | Redhead, J.W., Hinsley, S.A., Botham, M.S., Broughton, R.K., Freeman, S.N., Bellamy, P.E., Siriwardena, G., Randle, Z., Nowakowski, M., Heard, M.S. & Pywell, R.F. Journal of Applied Ecology

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Gannets, by Edmund Fellowes/BTO

Mismatches in scale between highly mobile marine megafauna and marine protected areas

Are marine protected areas working?

2022 | Connors, M.G., Sinnon, N.B., Agamboue, P.D., Atkinson, P.W., Bayliss, A., Benson, S.R., Block, B.A., Bograd, S.J., Bordino, B., Bowen, D., Brickle, P., Bruno, I., Carman, V.G., Champagne, C.D., Crocker, D., Costa, D.P., Dawson, T.M., Deguchi, T., Dewar, H., Doherty, P.D., Eguchi, T., Formia, A., Godley, B.J., Graham, R.T., Gredzens, C., Hart, K.M., Hawkes, L.A., Henderson, S. Henry, W., Hückstädt, L.A., Irvine, L., Kienle, S., Kuhn, C.E., Lidgard, D., Loredo, S.A., Mate, B., Metcalfe, K., Nzegoue, J., Oliwina, C.K.K., Orben, R.A., Ozaki, K., Parnell, R., Pike, E.P., Robinson, P.,. Rosenbaum, H., Sato, S., Shaffer, S.A., Shaver, D.J., Simmons, S.E., Sisson, N.B., Smith, B.J., Sounguet, G.P., Suryan, R., Thompson, D.R., Tierney, M., Tilley, D., Young, H.S., Warwick-Evans, V., Weise, M.J., Wells, R.S., Wilkinson, B.P., Witt, M.J. & Maxwell, S.M. Frontiers in Marine Science

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A speckly brown wading bird with a red bill standing in a field

Loss of breeding waders from key lowland grassland sites in Northern Ireland

2022 | Booth Jones, K.A., O’Connell, P., Wolsey, S., Carrington-Cotton, A., Noble, D.G., McCulloch, N. & Calladine, J.R. Irish Birds

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Barnacle Geese by Edmund Fellowes

Transatlantic spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 by wild birds from Europe to North America in 2021

Wild birds take highly pathogenic avian influenza from Europe to North America

2022 | Caliendo. V., Lewis, N.S., Pohlmann, A., Baillie, S.R., Banyard, A.C., Beer, M., Brown, I.H., Fouchier, R.A.M., Hansen, R.D.E., Lameris, T.K., Lang, A.S., Laurendaeu, S., Lung, O., Robertson, G., van der Jeugd, H., Alkie, T.N., Thorup, K., van Toor, M.L., Waldenstrom, J., Yason, C., Kuiken, T. & Berhane, Y. Scientific Reports

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Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls nesting inland. Edmund Fellowes

Urban and coastal breeding lesser black-backed gulls (Larus fuscus) segregate by foraging habitat

2022 | Langley, L.P., Bearhop, S., Burton, N.H.K., Banks, A.N., Frayling, T., Thaxter, C., Clewley G., Scragg, E. & Votier, S.C. Ibis

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Willow Warbler. Allan Drewitt / BTO

Breeding ground temperature rises, more than habitat change, are associated with spatially variable population trends in two species of migratory bird

A tale of two warblers

2022 | Martay, B., Pearce-Higgings, J.W., Harris, S.J. & Gillings, S. Ibis

Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) results show very different population trends for Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff - but what is driving this difference? BTO research reveals climate is key.

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Sandwich Tern. Dennis Atherton / BTO

Relative roles of static and dynamic abiotic conditions as drivers of foraging behaviour in breeding Sandwich Terns

2022 | Fijn, R.C. Thaxter, C.B., Geert Aarts, G., Adema, J., Middelveld, R.P. & van Bemmelen, R.S.A. Marine Ecology Press

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Swift. Philip Croft / BTO

A 30,000-km journey by Apus apus pekinensis tracks arid lands between northern China and south-western Africa

Exciting research conducted by an international team shines a new light on Swift migration.

2022 | Zhao, Y., Zhao, X., Wu, L., Mu, T., Yu, F., Kearsley, L., Liang, X., Fu, J., Hou, X., Peng, P., Li, X., Zhang, T., Yan, S., Newell, D., Hewson, C. M., Townshend, T., Åkesson, S., and Liu, Y. Movement Ecology

Research Reports
Cormorant by John Harding

Definition of Favourable Conservation Status for Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo

2022 | Newson, S. & Austin, G, Natural England Report

The Breeding Bird Survey Report
Red Kite by Philip Croft / BTO

The Breeding Bird Survey 2021

Results from the latest Breeding Bird Survey report provides a stark warning for five of the UK's internationally important breeding wader species

2022 | Harris, S.J., Massimino, D., Balmer, D.E., Kelly, L., Noble, D.G., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Woodcock, P., Wotton, S. & Gillings, S.

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White Stork by John Proudlock, BTO

Timing is critical: consequences of asynchronous migration for the performance and destination of a long-distance migrant

Timing is critical for a long-distance migrant

2022 | Acácio, M., Catry, I., Soriano‑Redondo, A., Silva, J.P., Atkinson, P.W. & Franco, A.M.A. Movement Ecology

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Blackbird by Sarah Kelman

Combining host and vector data informs emergence and potential impact of an Usutu virus outbreak in UK wild birds

Charting the impact of a Usutu virus outbreak in UK Blackbirds

2022 | Lawson, B., Robinson, R.A., Briscoe, A., Cunningham, A.A., Fooks, A.R., Heaver, J.P., Hernández-Triana, L.M., John, S.K., Johnson, N., Johnston, C., Lean, F.Z.X., Macgregor, S.K., Masters, N., McCracken, F., McElhinney, L.M., Medlock, J.M., Pearce-Kelly, P., Seilern-Moy, K., Spiro, S., Vaux, A.G.C. & Folly, A.J. Scientific Reports

The identification of the Usutu virus in Greater London in the summer of 2020 raises questions about the extent of the incursion and its impacts on wild bird populations.

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Clouded Yellow butterfly, by Mike Toms / BTO

Bioclimatic context of species' populations determines community stability.

2022 | Evans, L. C., Melero, Y., Schmucki, R., Boersch-Supan, P. H., Brotons, L., Fontaine, C., Jiguet, F., Kuussaari, M., Massimino, D., Robinson, R. A., Roy, D. B., Schweiger, O., Settele, J., Stefanescu, C., van Turnhout, C. A., & Oliver, T. H. Global Ecology and Biogeography

Research Reports
Tagged gull in flight by Katherine Booth Jones

Belfast’s urban gulls: an assessment of breeding populations, breeding season movements and winter population

2022 | Booth Jones, K., Thaxter, C., Clewley, G., Wolsey, S., Calbrade, N., Atkinson, P., Calladine, J. & Burton, N.

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