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Heward, C.J., Hoodless, A.N., Conway, G.J., Fuller, R.J., MacColl, A.D.C. & Aebisher, N.J. 2018. Habitat correlates of Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola abundance in a declining resident population. Journal of Ornithology : 1-11 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-018-1570-z)
Denerley, C., Redpath, S.M., van der Wal, R., Newson, S.E., Chapman, J.W. & Wilson, J.D. 2018. Breeding ground correlates of the distribution and decline of the Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus at two spatial scales. Ibis Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12612)
Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Baillie, S.R., Boughey, K., Bourn, N.A.D., Foppen, R.P.B., Gillings, S., Gregory, R.D., Hunt, T., Jiguet, F., Lehikoinen, A., Musgrove, A.J., Robinson, R.A., Roy, D.B., Siriwardena, G.M., Walker, K.J., Wilson, J.D 2018. Overcoming the challenges of public data archiving for citizen science biodiversity recording and monitoring schemes. Journal of Applied Ecology 55 : 2 544-2 551 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13180)
Hiron, M., Pärt, T., Siriwardena, G.M., Whittingham, M.J. 2018. Species contributions to single biodiversity values under-estimate whole community contribution to a wider range of values to society.. Scientific Reports Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-25339-2)
OCKENDON, N., THOMAS, D.H.L., CORTINA, J., ADAMS, W.M., AYKROYD, T., BAROV, B., BOITANI, L., BONN, A., BRANQUINHO, C., BROMBACHER, M., BURRELL, C., CARVER, S., CRICK, H.Q.P., DUGUY, B., EVERETT, S., FOKKENS, B., FULLER, R.J., GIBBONS, D.W., GOKHELASHVILI, R., GRIFFIN, C., HALLEY, D.J., HOTHAM, P., HUGHES, F.M.R., KARAMANLIDIS, A.A., MCOWEN, C.J., MILES, L., MITCHELL, R., RANDS, M.R.W., ROBERTS, J., SANDOM, C.J., SPENCER, J.W., TEN BROEKE, E., TEW, E.R., THOMAS, C.D. , TIMOSHYNA, A., UNSWORTH, R.K.F., WARRINGTON, S. & SUTHERLAND, W.J. 2018. One hundred priority questions for landscape restoration in Europe. Biological Conservation 221 : 198-208 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.03.002)
Clewley G., Robinson R.A., Clark J.A. 2018. Estimating mortality rates among passerines caught for ringing with mist nets using data from previously ringed birds.. Ecology and Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4032)
Fuller, R.J., Casey, D., Melin, M. & Hill, R. 2018. Rapid progression of ash dieback in the coppice of Bradfield Woods, Suffolk. Quarterly Journal of Forestry
Plummer, K.E., Bearhop, S., Leech, D.I., Chamberlain, D.E., Blount, J.D. 2018. Effects of winter food provisioning on the phenotypes of breeding blue tits. Ecology and Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4048)
Burgess M.D., Smith K.W., Evans K.L., Leech D., Pearce-Higgins J.W., Branston C.J., Briggs K., Clark J.R., du Feu C.R., Lewthwaite K., Nager R.G., Sheldon B.C., Smith J.A., Whytock R.C., Willis S.G., Phillimore A.B. 2018. Tritrophic phenological match-mismatch in space and time. Ecology and Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0543-1)
Blackburn E., Burgess M., Freeman B., Risely A., Izang A., Ivande S., Hewson C., Creswell W. 2018. Spring migration strategies of Whinchat Saxicola rubetra when successfully crossing potential barriers of the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea.. Ibis Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12610)
Stokke B.G., Ratikainen I.I., Moksnes A., Schulze-Hagen K., Leech D.I., Møller A.P., Fossøy F. 2018. Characteristics determining host suitability for a generalist parasite.. Scientific Reports Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-24627-1)
Derlink, M., Wernham, C., Bertoncelj, I., Kovacs, A., Saurola, P., Duke, G., Movalli, P. & Vrezec, A. 2018. A review of raptor and owl monitoring activity across Europe: its implications for capacity building towards pan-European monitoring. Bird Study View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2018.1447546)
Cox D.T.C, Hudson H.L., Plummer K.E., Siriwardena G.M., Anderson K., Hancock S., Devine-Wright P.,Gaston, K.J 2018. Covariation in urban birds providing cultural services or disservices and people.. Journal of Applied Ecology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13146)
Lawson, B., Robinson, R. A., Toms, M. P., Risely, R., MacDonald, S., Cunningham, A. A. 2018. Health hazards to wild birds and risk factors associated with anthropogenic food provisioning. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Link to Article (DOI: /10.1098/rstb.2017.0091)
Border, J.A., Johnston, A. & Gillings, S. 2018. Can climate matching predict the current and future climatic suitability of the UK for the establishment of non-native birds?. Bird Study 65 : 72-83 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2018.1438362)
Wilson, M. W., Balmer, D. E., Jones, K., King, V. A., Raw, D., Rollie, C. J., Rooney, E., Ruddock, M., Smith, G.D., Stevenson, A., Stirling-Aird, P.K., Wernham, C. V., Weston, J. M. & Noble, D.G. 2018. The breeding population of Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands in 2014. Bird Study View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2017.1421610)
Martay, B. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2018. Using data from schools to model variation in soil invertebrates across the UK: The importance of weather, climate, season and habitat. Pedobiologia 67 : 1-9 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2018.01.002)
MIKUSIŃSKI, G., ROBERGE, J.M. & FULLER, R.J. 2018. Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds. Book title: Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Hewson, C.M., Miller, M., Johnston, A., Conway, G.J., Saunders, R., Marchant, J.H. & Fuller, R.J. 2018. Estimating national population sizes: Methodological challenges and applications illustrated in the common nightingale, a declining songbird in the UK. Journal of Applied Ecology 55 (part 4) : 2 008-2 018 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13120)
Thaxter, C.B., Ross-Smith, V.H., Bouten, W., Masden, E.A., Clark, N.A., Conway, G.J., Barber, L., Clewley, G.D. & Burton, N.H.K. 2018. Dodging the blades: new insights into three-dimensional space use of offshore wind farms by lesser black-backed gulls Larus fuscus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 587 : 247-253 Link to Article (DOI: 10.3354/meps12415)
Border, J.A., Atkinson, L.R., Henderson, I.G., Hartley, I.R. 2017. Nest monitoring does not affect nesting success of Whinchats Saxicola rubetra. IBIS Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12574)
Sparks, T.H., Atkinson, S., Lewthwaite, K., Dhap, R., Moran, N.J. & Tryjanowski, P. 2017. Can bird abundance declines be detected by citizen science programmes? A case study using Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus. Avian Biology Research 10 (part 4) : 241-245 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.3184/175815617X15036738758862)
Dolman, P., Williamson, T., Fuller, R. & Barnes, G. 2017. What does 'traditional' management really mean?. British Wildlife 29 (part 2) : 113-119
Franks, S.E., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Atkinson, S., Bell, J.R., Botham, M.S., Brereton, T.M., Harrington, R. & Leech, D.I. 2017. The sensitivity of breeding songbirds to change in seasonal timing is linked to population change but cannot be directly attributed to the effects of trophic asynchrony on productivity. . Global Change Biology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13960)
Newson, S.E., Evans, H.E., Gillings, S., Jarret, D., Raynor, R., Wilson, M.W. 2017. Large-scale citizen science improves assessment of risk posed by wind farms to bats in southern Scotland. Biological Conservation 215 : 61-71 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.09.004)
Massimino, D., Johnston, A., Gillings, S., Jiguet, F. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2017. Projected reductions in climatic suitability for vulnerable British Birds. Climatic Change 145 : 117-130 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10584-017-2081-2)
Metcalfe, K., Collins, T., Abernethy, K. E., Boumba, R., Dengui, J.-C., Miyalou, R., Parnell, R. J., Plummer, K. E., Russell, D. J.F., Safou, G. K., Tilley, D., Turner, R. A., VanLeeuwe, H., Witt, M. J. & Godley, B. J. 2017. Addressing Uncertainty in Marine Resource Management; Combining Community Engagement and Tracking Technology to Characterize Human Behavior. Conservation Letters 10 : 460-469 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/conl.12293)
O'Brien, S.H., Cook, A.S.C.P. & Robinson, R.A. 2017. Implicit assumptions underlying simple harvest models of marine bird populations can mislead environmental management decisions. Journal of Environmental Management 201 : 163-171 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.06.037)
Méndez, V., Gill, J.A., Alves, J.A., Burton, N.H.K. & Davies, R.G. 2017. Consequences of population change for local abundance and site occupancy of wintering waterbirds. Diversity and Distributions : 1 472-4 642 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12653)
Thaxter, C.B., Buchanan, G.M., Carr, J., Butchart, S.H.M., Newbold, T., Green, R.E., Tobias, J.A., Foden, W.B., O'Brien, S. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2017. Bird and bat species' global vulnerability to collision mortality with wind farms revealed through a trait-based assessment.. Proc. R. Soc. B. 284 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0829)
Franks, S.E., Douglas, D.J.T., Gillings, S. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2017. Environmental correlates of breeding abundance and population change of Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata in Britain. Bird Study 64 : 393-409 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2017.1359233)
Stanbury, A., Brown, A., Eaton, M., Aebischer, N., Gillings, S., Hearn, R., Noble, D., Stroud, D. & Gregory, R. 2017. The risk of extinction for birds in Great Britain. British Birds 110 : 502-517
Warwick-Evans, V., Atkinson, P.W., Walkington, I. & Green, J.A. 2017. Predicting the impacts of wind farms on seabirds: An individual-based model. Journal of Applied Ecology 55 : 503-515 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12996)
Buckland, S.T. & Johnston, A. 2017. Monitoring the biodiversity of regions: Key principles and possible pitfalls. Biological Conservation 214 : 23-34 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.07.034)
Border, J.A., Henderson, I.G., Ash, D. & Hartley, I.R. 2017. Characterising demographic contributions to observed population change in a declining migrant bird. Journal of Avian Biology 48 : 1-11 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/jav.01305)
Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Beale, C.M., Oliver, T.H., August, T.A., Carroll, M., Massimino, D., Ockendon, N., Savage, J., Wheatley, C.J., Ausden, M.A., Bradbury, R.B., Duffield, S.J., Macgregor, N.A., McClean, C.J., Morecroft, M.D., Thomas, C.D., Watts, O., Beckmann, B.C., Fox, R., Roy, H.E., Sutton, P.G., Walker, K.J. & Crick, H.Q.P. 2017. A national-scale assessment of climate change impacts on species: assessing the balance of risks and opportunities for multiple taxa.. Biological Conservation 213 : 124-134 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.06.035)
Blackburn, E., Burgess, M., Freeman, B., Risely, A., Izang, A., Ivande, S., Hewson, C. & Cresswell, W. 2017. Low and annually variable migratory connectivity in a long-distance migrant: Whinchats Saxicola rubetra may show a bet-hedging strategy. Ibis View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12509)
Calladine, J., Jarrett, D., Wilson, M. & Edwards, C. 2017. Stand structure and breeding birds in managed Scots pine forests: Some likely long-term implications for continuous cover forestry. Forest Ecology and Management 397 : 174-184 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2017.04.039)
Elston, D.A., Brewer, M.J., Martay, B., Johnston, A., Henrys, P.A., Bell, J.R., Harrington, R., Monteith, D., Brereton, T.M., Boughey, K.L., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2017. A New Approach to Modelling the Relationship Between Annual Population Abundance Indices and Weather Data. Journal of Agriculture, Biological and Environmental Statistics : 1-19 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s13253-017-0287-4)
Wheatley, C.J., Beale, C.M., Bradbury, R.B., Pearce‐Higgins, J.W., Critchlow, R & Thomas, C.D. 2017. Climate change vulnerability for species—Assessing the assessments. Global Change Biology 23 (part 9) : 3 704-3 715 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13759)
Grafius, D.R., Corstanje, R., Siriwardena, G.M., Plummer, K.E. & Harris, J.A. 2017. A bird's eye view: using circuit theory to study urban landscape connectivity for birds. Landscape Ecology 32 : 1 771-1 787 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10980-017-0548-1)
Sutherland W.J., Clements A., McDevitt, A.-M., Harper M., Herkenrath P., Prichard S., Margerison C., Monk K.A., Thompson D.B.A. 2017. What are the forthcoming legislative issues of interest to ecologists and conservationists in 2012?. Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 43 (part 1) : 12-19 View Abstract
Thaxter, C.B., Clark, N.A., Ross-Smith, V.H., Conway, G.J., Bouten, W. & Burton, N.K.H. 2017. Sample size required to characterize area use of tracked seabirds. The Journal of Wildlife Management Wiley View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21283)
Bell, S.C., El Harouchi, M., Hewson, C.M. & Burgess, M.D. 2017. No short- or long-term effects of geolocator attachment detected in Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca. Ibis View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12493)
Buchanan, G.M., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Douglas, D.T.J. & Grant, M.C. 2017. Quantifying the importance of multi‐scale management and environmental variables on moorland bird abundance. Ibis 159 (part 4) : 744-756 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12488)
Worthington-Hill, J. & Conway, G. 2017. Tawny Owl Strix aluco response to call-broadcasting and implications for survey design. Bird Study 64 (part 2) : 205-210 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2017.1315047)
M.V. Bell, Calladine, J. 2017. The decline of a population of farmland breeding waders: a twenty-five-year case study. Bird Study 64 (part 2) : 264-273 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2017.1319903)
Eichhorn, M.P., Ryding, J., Smith, M.J., Gill, R.M.A., Siriwardena, G.M. & Fuller, R.J. 2017. Effects of deer on woodland structure revealed through terrestrial laser scanning. Journal of Applied Ecology 54 (part 6) : 1 615-1 626 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12902)
Calladine, J., Humphreys, E.M., Gilbert, L., Furness, R.W., Robinson, R.A., Fuller, R.J., Littlewood, N.A., Pakeman, R.J., Ferguson, J. & Thompson, C. 2017. Continuing influences of introduced hedgehogs Erinaceus europaeus as a predator of wader (Charadrii) eggs four decades after their release on the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Biological Invasions 19 : 1 981-1 987 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10530-017-1422-4)

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