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The State of the UK's Birds
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The State of the UK's Birds 2020

2020 | Burns, F., Eaton, M.A., Balmer, D.E., Banks, A., Caldow, R., Donelan, J.L., Douse, A., Duigan, C., Foster, S., Frost, T., Grice, P.V., Hall, C., Hanmer, H.J., Harris, S.J., Johnstone, I., Lindley, P., McCulloch, N., Noble, D.G., Risely, K., Robinson, R.A. & Wotton, S.

Providing an annual overview of the status of the UK’s breeding and non-breeding bird species in the UK, this year’s report highlights the continuing poor fortunes of the UK’s woodland birds, and the huge efforts of BTO volunteers collecting data.

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A counterfactual approach to measure the impact of wet grassland conservation on UK breeding bird populations

2021 | Jellesmark, S., Ausden, M., Blackburn, T.M., Gregory, R.D., Hoffmann, M., Massimino, D., McRae, L. & Visconti, P. Conservation Biology

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A global horizon scan of the future impacts of robotics and autonomous systems on urban ecosystems

2021 | Goddard, M.A., Davies, Z.G., Guenat, S., Ferguson, M.J., Fisher, J.C., Akanni, A., Ahjokoski, T., Anderson, P.M.L., Angeoletto, F., Antoniou, C., Bates, A.J., Barkwith, A., Berland, A., Bouch, C.J., Rega-Brodsky, C.C., Byrne, L.B., Cameron, D., Canavan, R., Chapman, T., Connop, S., Crossland, S., Dade, M.C., Dawson, D.A, Dobbs,C., Downs, C.T., Ellis, E.C., Escobedo, F.J., Gobster, P., Gulsrud, N.M., Guneralp, B., Hahs, A.K., Hale, J.D., Hassall, C., Hedblom, M., Hochuli, D.F., Inkinen, T., Ioja, I.-C., Kendal, D., Knowland, T., Ingo Kowarik, I., Langdale, S.J., Lerman, S.B., MacGregor-Fors, I., Manning, P., Massini, P., McLean, S., Mkwambisi, D.D., Ossola, A., Luque, G.P., Pérez-Urrestarazu, L., Perini, K., Perry, G., Pett, T.J., Plummer, K.E., Radji, R.A., Roll, U., Potts, S.G., Rumble, H., Sadler, J.P., de Saille, S., Sautter, S., Scott, C.E., Shwartz, A., Smith, T., Snep, R.P.H. et al Nature Ecology & Evolution

The State of the UK's Birds
BTO volunteers. David Tipling

The State of the UK's Birds 2020

2020 | Burns, F., Eaton, M.A., Balmer, D.E., Banks, A., Caldow, R., Donelan, J.L., Douse, A., Duigan, C., Foster, S., Frost, T., Grice, P.V., Hall, C., Hanmer, H.J., Harris, S.J., Johnstone, I., Lindley, P., McCulloch, N., Noble, D.G., Risely, K., Robinson, R.A. & Wotton, S.

Providing an annual overview of the status of the UK’s breeding and non-breeding bird species in the UK, this year’s report highlights the continuing poor fortunes of the UK’s woodland birds, and the huge efforts of BTO volunteers collecting data.

Peer-reviewed papers
Water Vole. Liz Cutting

The acoustic identification of small terrestrial mammals in Britain

Identifying small mammals from their high-pitched squeaks

2020 | Newson, S.E., Middleton, N., & Pearce, H. British Wildlife

Research published in British Wildlife by a team led by the BTO provides new possibilities for sound identification to be used as a non-invasive survey method.

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Strengthening the evidence base for temperature-mediated phenological asynchrony and its impacts

2020 | Samplonius, J.M., Atkinson, A., Hassall, C., Keogan, K., Thackeray, S.J., Assmann, J.J., Burgess, M.D., Johansson, J., Macphie, K.H., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Simmonds, E.G., Varpe, Ø., Weir, J.C., Childs, D.Z., Cole, E.F., Daunt, F., Hart, T., Lewis, O.T., Pettorelli, N., Sheldon, B.C. & Phillimore, A.B. Nature Ecology & Evolution

The earlier arrival of spring, measured by plants flowering, insects emerging, and the timing of egg laying and migrants arriving in birds, is one of the most obvious impacts of climate change on t

LifeCycle
Moorhen. Sarah Kelman

LifeCycle issue 9, Winter 2020

2020 |

It also features articles on monitoring Moorhen, Crossbills and Twite, creating a nest recording group, explains what researchers have done with the nests that have been supplied by nest recorders

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Loch A'an, Steve Willis

Delivering robust population trends for Scotland's widespread breeding birds

2020 | Darvill, B., Harris, S.J., Martay, B., Wilson, M. & Gillings, S. Scottish Birds

Research from BTO Scotland investigating how to improve the effectiveness of the BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) in monitoring Scotland’s birds.

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Irregular silviculture positively influences multiple bat species in a lowland temperate broadleaf woodland

2020 | Alder, D.C., Poore, A., Norrey, J., Newson, S.E. & Marsden, S.J. Forest Ecology and Management

The study was carried out on the Rushmore Estate on Cranborne Chase in southern England and forms part of a wider biodiversity project overseen by Andy Poore, Forest Manager, Rushmore Estate and Pr

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A 2021 Horizon Scan of Emerging Global Biological Conservation Issues

2020 | Sutherland, W.J., Atkinson, P.W., Broad, S., Brown, S., Clout, M., Dias, M.P., Dicks, L.V., Doran, H., Fleishman, E., Garratt, E.L., Gaston, K.J., Hughes, A.C., Le Roux, X., Lickorish, F.A., Maggs, L., Palardy, J.E., Peck, L.S., Pettorelli, N., Pretty, J., Spalding, M.D., Tonneijck, F.H., Walpole, M., Watson, J.E.M., Wentworth, J. & Thornton, A. Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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Evaluating spatially explicit sharing‐sparing scenarios for multiple environmental outcomes

2020 | Finch, T., Day, B.H., Massimino, D., Redhead, J.W., Field, R.H., Balmford, A., Green, R.E. & Peach, W.J. Journal of Applied Ecology

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Camera traps reveal predators of breeding Black Guillemots Cepphus grylle

2020 | Johnston, D.T., Furness, R.W., Robbins, A.M.C., Tyler, G.C. & Masden, E.A. Seabird

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Sule Skerry – an overspill gannetry from Sule Stack

2020 | Harris, M.P., Blackburn, J., Budworth, D. & Blackburn, A.C. Seabird

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First efforts to address bird collisions with power lines in Iran

2020 | Kolnegari, M., Moghimi, E., Allahdad, M., Hazrati, M., Akbar Basiri, A., Jafari, R., Yekanik, M., Jalalpour, M., Sajjad Jalali, A., Mojaradiafra, M., Abbasi Kohan, H., Reza Izadi, H., Williams, N.P., Ferrer, M. & Conway, G.J. Sandgrouse

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Blackcap by Gary Loader

Individual variability and versatility in an eco-evolutionary model of avian migration

2020 | Delmore, K.E., Van Doren, B.M., Conway, G.J., Curk, T., Garrido-Garduño, T., Germain, R.R., Hasselmann, T., Dieter Hiemer, D., van der Jeugd, H.P., Justen, H., Ramos, J.S.L., Maggini, I., Meyer, B.S., Phillips, R.J., Remisiewicz, M., Roberts, G.C.M., Sheldon, B.C., Vogl, W. & Liedvogel, M., Proceedings of the Royal Society B

It has been known for some time that Blackcaps employ several different migration strategies.

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Electrical Components Involved in Avian-Caused Outages in Iran

2020 | Kolnegari, M., Conway, G.J., Akbar Basiri, A., Panter, C.T., Hazrati, M., Rafiee, M.S., Ferrer, M. & Dwyer, J.S. Bird Conservation International

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DNA diet profiles with high‐resolution animal tracking data reveal levels of prey selection relative to habitat choice in a crepuscular insectivorous bird

2020 | Evens, R., Conway, G., Franklin, K., Henderson, I., Stockdale, J., Beenaerts, N., Smeets, K., Neyens, T., Ulenaers, E. & Artois, T. Ecology and Evolution

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Pollinator monitoring more than pays for itself

2020 | Breeze, T.D., Bailey, A.P., Balcombe, K.G., Brereton, T., Comont, R., Edwards, M., Garratt, M.P., Harvey, M., Hawes, C., Isaac, N., Jitlal, M., Jones, C.M., Kunin, W.E., Lee, P., Morris, R.K.A., Musgrove, A., O'Connor, R.S., Peyton, J., Potts, S.G., Roberts, S.P.M., Roy, D.B., Roy, H.E., Tang, C.Q., Vanbergen, A.J. & Carvell, C. Journal of Applied Ecology

WeBS News
WeBS News issue 36 cover

WeBS News - Issue 36

2020 |

Read about why data received from WeBS counts are as important as ever, and WeBS' continued support to count waterbirds along the East Atlantic flyway.

Peer-reviewed papers
House Martin at nest, Doug Welch

Using citizen science to assess drivers of Common House Martin breeding performance

Survey determines drivers of House Martin breeding success

2020 | Kettel, E.F., Woodward, I.D., Balmer, D.E. & Noble, D.G. Ibis

Latest research based on the House Martin Survey shows that one of the simplest ways to help House Martins is to provide artificial nesting cups. 

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BBS survey, David Tipling

Phenological mismatch between breeding birds and their surveyors and implications for estimating population trends

2020 | Massimino, D., Harris, S.J. & Gillings, S. Journal of Ornithology

Several studies in recent decades, including those led by BTO, have demonstrated that many birds are migrating or breeding earlier as the climate changes.

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