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It is BTO’s policy to make public the results of our research. Our aim is to publish as much as possible of our work in the peer reviewed scientific literature.  Many results are also published in our BTO Research Report series.

Sharps, K., Henderson, I., Conway, G., Armour-Chelu, N. & Dolman, P.M. 2015. Home-range size and habitat use of European Nightjars Caprimulgus europaeus nesting in a complex plantation-forest landscape. Ibis 157 (part 2) : 260-272 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12251)
Sullivan, M.J.P., Newson, S.E. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2015. Evidence for the buffer effect operating in multiple species at a national scale. Biology Letters 11 (part 1) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0930)
Roy, H.D.B., Ploquin, E.F., Randle, Z., Risely, K., Botham, M.S., Middlebrook, I., Noble, D., Cruickshanks, K. Freeman, S.N. & Brereton, T.M. 2014. Comparison of trends in butterfly populations between monitoring schemes. Journal of Insect Conservation 19 (part 2) : 313-324 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10841-014-9739-0)
Van de Pol, M., Atkinson, P.W., Blew, J., Duriez, O.P.M.B., Ens, J., Hälterlein, B., Hötker, H., Laursen, K., Oosterbeek, K.H., Petersen A., Thorup, O., Tjørve, K., Triplet, P., Yésou, P. 2014. A global assessment of the conservation status of the nominate subspecies of Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus ostralegus). International Wader Studies 20 : 47-61 View Abstract
Newson, S.E., Ross-Smith,V., Evans, I.,Harold, R.,Miller, R. & Barlow,K. 2014. Bat-monitoring: a novel approach. British Wildlife 25 : 264-269
De Lima, R.F., Viegas, L., Solé, N., Soares, E., Dallimer, M., Atkinson, P.W. & Barlow, J. 2014. Can management improve the value of shade plantations for the endemic species of São Tomé Island?. Biotropica 46 : 238-244 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/btp.12092)
Ambrosini, R., Borgoni, R., Rubolini, D., Sicurella, B., Fiedler, W., Bairlein, F., Baillie, S.R., Robinson, R.A., Clark, J.A., Spina, F. & Saino, N. 2014. Modelling the Progression of Bird Migration with Conditional Autoregressive Models Applied to Ringing Data. PLOS ONE 9 (part 7) Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102440)
Atkinson, P.W., Adams, W.M., Brouwer, J., Buchanan, G., Cheke, R.A., Cresswell, W., Hewson, C.M., Hulme, M.F., Manvell, A., Sheehan, D.K., Small, R.D.S., Sutherland, W.J. & Vickery, J.A. 2014. Defining the key wintering habitats in the Sahel for declining African-Eurasian migrants using expert assessment. Bird Conservation International 24 (part 4) : 477-491 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1017/S0959270913000531)
Buchanan, G.M., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Grant, M.C. 2014. Grazing and moorland birds. Book title: Ecology and conservation of birds in upland and alpine habitats: Proceedings of the BOU Annual Conference held at the University of Leicester, 1-3 April 2014 BOU View Abstract
Calladine, J., Critchley, C.N.R., Baker, D., Towers, J. & Thiel, A. 2014. Conservation management of moorland: a case study of the effectiveness of a combined suite of management prescriptions which aim to enhance breeding bird populations. Bird Study 61 (part 1) : 56-72 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.876615)
Calladine, J., Pakeman, R.J., Humphreys, E., Huband, S. & Fuller, R.J. 2014. Changes in breeding wader assemblages, vegetation and land use within machair environments over three decades. Bird Study 61 (part 3) : 287-300 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2014.917604)
Carroll, M., Dennis, P., Ewing, S., Heinemeyer, A., Pearce-Higgins, J. & Thomas, C. 2014. Impacts of drainage and climate change on keystone insects and upland breeding birds. Book title: Ecology and conservation of birds in upland and alpine habitats: Proceedings of the BOU Annual Conference held at the University of Leicester, 1-3 April 2014 BOU View Abstract
Clark, N., Pain, D. & Green, R. 2014. Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper: an update on the conservation programme. British Birds 107 : 467-475
Cook, A.S.C.P., Dadam, D., Mitchell, I., Ross-Smith, V.H. & Robinson, R.A. 2014. Indicators of seabird reproductive performance demonstrate the impact of commercial fisheries on seabird populations in the North Sea. Ecological Indicators 38 : 1-11 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.10.027)
Crowe, O., Musgrove, A.J. & O'Halloran, J. 2014. Generating population estimates for common and widespread breeding birds in Ireland. Bird Study 61 (part 1) : 82-90 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.868401)
Douglas, D.J.T. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2014. Relative importance of prey abundance and habitat structure as drivers of shorebird breeding success and abundance. Animal Conservation Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/acv.12119)
Douglas, D.J.T., Bellamy, P.E., Stephen, L.S., Pearce 2014. Upland land use predicts population decline in a globally near-threatened wader. Journal of Applied Ecology 51 (part 1) : 194-203 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12167)
Douglas, D.J.T., Nalwanga, D., Katebaka, R., Atkinson, P.W., Pomeroy, D.E., Nkuutu, D. & Vickery, J.A. 2014. The importance of native trees for forest bird conservation in tropical farmland. Animal Conservation 17 : 256-264
Eglington, S.M., Julliard, R., Gargallo, G., van der Jeugd, H.P., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Baillie, S.R. & Robinson, R.A. 2014. Latitudinal gradients in the productivity of European migrant warblers have not shifted northwards during a period of climate change. Global Ecology and Biogeography View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/geb.12267)
Finch, T., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Leech, D.I. & Evans, K.L. 2014. Carry-over effects from passage regions are more important than breeding climate in determining the breeding phenology and performance of three avian migrants of conservation concern. Biodiversity and Conservation 23 (part 10) : 2 427-2 444 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10531-014-0731-5)
Fuller, R. & Calladine, J. 2014. Landscape transition through natural processes: implications for biodiversity of tree regeneration on moorland. Book title: Ecology and conservation of birds in upland and alpine habitats: Proceedings of the BOU Annual Conference held at the University of Leicester, 1-3 April 2014 BOU View Abstract
Gill, J.A., Alves, J.A., Sutherland, W.J., Appleton, G.F., Potts, P.M. & Gunnarsson, T.G. 2014. Why is timing of bird migration advancing when individuals are not?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences 281
Gillings, S. 2014. Forty years of distribution change in the uplands: insights from atlases. Book title: Ecology and conservation of birds in upland and alpine habitats: Proceedings of the BOU Annual Conference held at the University of Leicester, 1-3 April 2014 BOU View Abstract
Gillings, S., Balmer, D.E. & Fuller, R.J. 2014. Directionality of recent bird distribution shifts and climate change in Great Britain. Global Change Biology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12823)
Gullett, P., Evans, K.L., Robinson, R.A. & Hatchwell, B.J. 2014. Climate change and annual survival in a temperate passerine: partitioning seasonal effects and predicting future patterns. Oikos 123 : 389-400 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2013.00620.x)
Harrison, P.J., Buckland, S.T., Yuan, Y., Elston, D.A., Brewer, M.J., Johnston, A. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2014. Assessing trends in biodiversity over space and time using the example of British breeding birds. Journal of Applied Ecology 51 (part 6) : 1 650-1 660 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12316)
Henderson, I., Calladine, J., Massimino, D., Taylor, J.A. & Gillings, S. 2014. Evidence for contrasting causes of population change in two closely related, sympatric breeding species the Whinchat Saxicola rubetra and Stonechat Saxicola torquata in Britain. Bird Study 61 (part 4) : 553-565 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2014.962482)
Holt, C.A., Fuller, R.J. & Dolman, P.M. 2014. Exclusion of deer affects responses of birds to woodland regeneration in winter and summer. Ibis 156 (part 1) : 116-131 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12096)
Howard, C., Stephens, P.A., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Gregory, R.D. & Willis, S.G. 2014. Improving species distribution models: the value of data on abundance. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5 (part 6) : 506-513 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12184)
Johnston, A., Cook, A.S.C.P., Wright, L.J., Humphreys, E.M. & Burton, N.H.K. 2014. Modelling flight heights of marine birds to more accurately assess collision risk with offshore wind turbines. Journal of Applied Ecology 51 (part 1) : 31-41 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12191)
Johnston, A., Newson, S.E., Risely, K., Musgrove, A.J., Massimino, D., Baillie, S.R. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2014. Species traits explain variation in detectability of UK birds. Bird Study 61 (part 3) : 340-350 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2014.941787)
Korner-Nievergelt, F. & Robinson, R.A. 2014. Introducing the R-package 'birdring'. Ringing & Migration 29 (part 1) : 51-61 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2014.933053)
Lawson, B., de Pinna, E., Horton, R., Macgregor, S.K., John, S.K., Chantrey, J., Duff, P., Kirkwood, J.K., Simpson, V., Robinson, R.A., Wain, J., Cunningham, A.A. 2014. Epidemiological Evidence That Garden Birds Are a Source of Human Salmonellosis in England and Wales. PLOS ONE 5 (part 8) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0088968)
Maclean, I.M.D., Inger, R., Benson, D., Booth, C.G., Embling, C.B., Grecian, W.J., Heymans, J.J., Plummer, K.E., Shackshaft, M., Sparling, C., Wilson, B., Wright, L.J., Bradbury, G., Christen, N., Godley, B.J., Jackson, A., McCluskie, A., Nichols-Lee, R. & Bearhop, S 2014. Resolving issues with environmental impact assessment of marine renewable energy installations. Frontiers in Marine Science 1 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2014.00075)
Minderman, J., Fuentes-Montemayor, E., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Pendlebury, C.J. & Park, K.J. 2014. Estimates and correlates of bird and bat mortality at small wind turbine sites. Biodiversity and Conservation View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10531-014-0826-z)
Morrison, C. A., Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., Dadam, D. & Toms. M.P. 2014. Using citizen science to investigate the role of productivity in House Sparrow Passer domesticus population trends. Bird Study 61 (part 1) : 91-100 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.874975)
Newson, S.E., Oliver, T.H., Gillings, S., Crick, H.Q.P., Morecroft, M.D., Duffield, S.J., Macgregor, N.A. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2014. Can site and landscape-scale environmental attributes buffer bird populations against weather events?. Ecography 37 (part 9) : 872-882 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ecog.00575)
Ockendon, N., Baker, D.J., Carr, J.A., White, E.C., Almond, R.E.A., Amano, T., Bertram, E., Bradbury, R.B., Bradley, C., Butchart, S.H.M., Doswald, N., Foden, W., Gill, D.J.C., Green, R.E., Sutherland, W.J., Tanner, E.V.J. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2014. Mechanisms underpinning climatic impacts on natural populations: altered species interactions are more important than direct effects. Global Change Biology 20 : 2 221-2 229 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12559)
Ockendon, N., Johnston, A. & Baillie, S.R. 2014. Rainfall on wintering grounds affects population change in many species of Afro-Palaearctic migrants. Journal of Ornithology View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-014-1073-5)
Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Kasoar, T., Buchanan, G.M., Chamberlain, D.E. & Thomson, D. 2014. Looking forward and looking back: drivers of change in European alpine and upland bird populations. Book title: Ecology and conservation of birds in upland and alpine habitats: Proceedings of the BOU Annual Conference held at the University of Leicester, 1-3 April 2014 BOU View Abstract
Rapacciuolo, G., Roy, D.B., Gillings, S. & Purvis, A. 2014. Temporal validation plots: quantifying how well correlative species distribution models predict species' range changes over time. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5 : 407-420 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12181)
Renwick, A.R., Vickery, J.A., Potts, S.G., Bolwig, S., Nalwanga, D., Pomeroy, D.E., Mushabe, D. & Atkinson, P.W. 2014. Achieving production and conservation simultaneously in tropical agricultural landscapes. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 192 : 130-134 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2014.04.011)
Robinson, R.A., Morrison, C.A. & Baillie, S.R. 2014. Integrating demographic data: towards a framework for monitoring wildlife populations at large spatial scales. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5 (part 12) : 1 361-1 372 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12204)
Ross-Smith, V.H, Robinson, R.A., Banks, A.N., Frayling, T.D., Gibson, C.C. & Clark, J.A. 2014. The Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus in England: how to resolve a conservation conundrum. Seabird 27 : 41-61
Roy, H.E., Peyton. J., Aldridge, D.C., Bantock, T., Blackburn, T.M., Britton, R., Clark, P., Cook, E., Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Dines, T., Dobson, M., Edwards, F., Harrower, C., Harvey, M.C., Minchin, D., Noble, D.G., Parrott, D., Pocock, M.J.O., Preston, C.D., Roy, S., Salisbury, A., Schönrogge, A., Sewell, J., Shaw, R.H., Stebbing, P., Stewart, A.J.A. & Walker, K.J. 2014. <p>Horizon scanning for invasive alien species with the potential to threaten biodiversity in Great Britain</p> . Global Change Biology 20 (part 12) : 3 859-3 871 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12603)
Roy, H.E., Preston, C.D., Harrower, C.A., Rorke, S.L., Noble, D., Sewell, J., Walker, K., Marchant, J., Seeley, B., Bishop, J., Jukes, A., Musgrove, A., Pearman, D. & Booy, O. 2014. GB Non-native Species Information Portal: documenting the arrival of non-native species in Britain. Biological Invasions 16 (part 12) : 2 495-2 505 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10530-014-0687-0)
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 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.06.017)
Savidge, G., Ainsworth, D., Bearhop, S., Christen, N., Elsaesser, B., Fortune, F. , Inger, R., Kennedy, R., McRobert, A., Plummer, K.E., Pritchard, D.W., Sparling, C.E. & Whittaker, T.J.T. 2014. Strangford Lough and the SeaGen Tidal Turbine. Book title: Marine Renewable Energy Technology and Environmental Interactions(Humanity and the Sea) Springer : 153-172