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Mendez, V., Gill, J.A., Burton, N.H.K., Austin, G., Petchey, O.L. & Davies, R. 2012. Functional diversity across space and time:trends in wader communities on British estuaries. Diversity and Distributions 18 (part 4) : 356-365 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00868.x)
Minderman, J., Pendlebury, C.J., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Park, K.J 2012. Experimental Evidence for the Effect of Small Wind Turbine Proximity and Operation on Bird and Bat Activity. PLOS ONE 7 (part 7) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0041177)
Nalwanga, D., Pomeroy, D., Vickery, J. & Atkinson, P.W. 2012. A comparison of two survey methods for assessing bird species richness and abundance in tropical farmlands. Bird Study 59 (part 1) : 83-95 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2011.648164)
Newson, S.E., Johnston, A., Renwick, A.R., Baillie, S.B. & Fuller, R.J. 2012. Modelling large-scale relationships between increasing abundance of deer and changes changes in bird populations in lowland England. Journal of Applied Ecology 49 (part 1) : 278-286 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02077.x)
Norman, D., Harris, R.J. & Newson, S.E. 2012. Producing regional estimates of population size for common and widespread breeding birds from national monitoring data. Bird Study 59 (part 1) : 10-21 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2011.623766)
Ockendon, N.O., Hewson, C.M., Johnston, A. & Atkinson, P.W. 2012. Declines in Afro-Palearctic migrant birds are linked to bioclimatic wintering zone, possibly via constraints in arrival time advancement. Bird Study 59 (part 2) : 111-125 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2011.645798)
Oliver, T.H., Gillings, S., Girardello, M., Rapacciuolo, G., Brereton, T.M., Siriwardena, G., Roy, D.B., Pywell, R. & Fuller, R.J. 2012. Population density but not stability can be predicted from species distribution models. Journal of Applied Ecology 49 (part 3) : 581-590 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02138.x)
Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Stephen, L., Douse, A. & Langston, R.H.W. 2012. Greater impacts of wind farms on bird populations during construction than subsequent operation: results of a multi-site and multi-species analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology 49 (part 2) : 386-394 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02110)
Randolph, S.E. & Dobson, A.D.M. 2012. Pangloss revisited: a critique of the dilution effect and the biodiversity-buffers-disease paradigm. Parasitology 139 (part 7) : 847-863 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1017/S0031182012000200)
Rappaccioulo, G., Roy, D.B., Gillings, S., Fox, R., Walker, K. & Purvis, A. 2012. Climatic associations of British species distributions show good transferability in time but low predictive accuracy for range change. PLOS ONE 7 (part 7) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0040212)
Renwick, A.R., Johnston, A., Joys, A., Newson, S.E., Noble, D.G. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2012. Composite bird indicators robust to variation in species selection and habitat specificity. Ecological Indicators 18 : 200-207 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.11.008)
Renwick, A.R., Massimino, D. Newson, S.E., Chamberlain, D.E., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Johnston, A. 2012. Modelling changes in species' abundance in response to projected climate change. Diversity and Distributions 18 : 121-132 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00827.x)
Robinson, R.A., Baillie, S.R. & King, R. 2012. Population processes in European Blackbirds Turdus merula: a state-space approach. Journal of Ornithology 152 : 419-433 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-010-0612-y)
Salido,L., Purse, B.U., Marrs, R., Chamberlain, D.E. & Schultz, S. 2012. Flexibility in phenology and habitat use as buffers to long-term population declines in UK passerines. Ecography 35 : 604-613 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.06797.x)
Siriwardena, G., Cooke, I.R., & Sutherland, W.J. 2012. Landscape, cropping and field boundary influences on bird abundance. Ecography 35 (part 2) : 162-173 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.06839.x)
Sutherland W.J., Barlow R., Clements A., Harper M., Herkenrath P., Margerison C., Monk K.A., Robinson J.A. & Thompson D.B.A. 2012. What are the forthcoming legislative issues of interest to ecologists and conservationists in 2011?. British Ecological Society Bulletin 43 (part 1) : 12-19
Sutherland, W.J., Allison, H., Aveling, R., Bainbridge, I.P., Bennun, L., Bullock, D.J., Clements, A., Crick, H.Q.P., Gibbons, D. W., Smith, S., Rands, M.R.W., Rose, P., Scharlemann, J.P.W. & Warren, M.S. 2012. Enhancing the value of horizon scanning through collaborative review. Oryx 46 (part 3) : 368-374 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1017/S0030605311001724)
Sutherland, W.J., Bellingan, L., Bellingham, J.R., Blackstock, J.J., Bloomfield, R.M., Bravo, M., Cadman, V.M., Cleevely, D.D., Clements, A., Cohen, A.S., Cope, D.R., Daemmrich, A.A., Devecchi, C., Anadon, L.D., Denegri, S., Doubleday, R., Dusic, N.R., Evans, R.J., Feng, W.Y., Godfray, H.C.J., Harris, P., Hartley, S.E., Hester, A.J., Holmes, J., Hughes, A., Hulme, M., Irwin, C., Jennings, R.C., Kass, G.S., Littlejohns, P., Marteau, T.M., McKee, G., Millstone, E.P., Nuttall, W.J., Owens, S., Parker, M.M., Pearson, S., Petts, J., Ploszek, R., Pullin, A.S., Reid, G., Richards, K.S., Robinson, J.G., Shaxson, L., Sierra, L., Smith, B.G., Spiegelhalter, D.J., Stilgoe, J., Stirling, A., Tyler, C.P., Winickoff, D.E. & Zimmern, R.L. 2012. A collaboratively-derived science-policy research agenda. PLOS ONE 7 (part 3) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031824)
Taylor, R.C. 2012. Ageing Wrens Troglodytes troglodytes using the barring pattern across remiges. Ringing & Migration 27 (part 2) : 106-108 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2012.747640)
Thaxter, C.B., Lascelles, B., Sugar, K., Cook, A.S.C.P., Roos, S., Bolton, M., Langston, R.H.W. & Burton, N.H.K. 2012. Seabird foraging ranges as a preliminary tool for identifying candidate Marine Protected Areas. Biological Conservation View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2011.12.009)
Thomas, C.D., Gillingham, P.K., Bradbury, R.B., Roy, D.B., Anderson, B.J., Baxter, J.M., Bourn, N.A.D., Crick, H.Q.P., Findon, R.A., Fox, R., Hodgson, J.A., Holt, A.R., Morecroft, M.D., O'Hanlon, N.J., Oliver, T.H., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Procter, D.A., Thomas, J.A., Walker, K.J., Walmsley, C.A., Wilson, R.J. & Hill, J.K. 2012. Protected areas facilitate species' range expansions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1210251109)
Vrezec, A., Duke, G., Kovács, A., Saurola, P., Wernham,C., Burfield, I., Movalli, P., Bertoncelj I. 2012. Overview of raptor monitoring activities in Europe. Acrocephalus 33 (part 154) : 145-157
Wesołowski, T. & Fuller, R.J. 2012. Spatial variation and temporal shifts in habitat use by birds at the European scale. Book title: Birds and Habitat: Relationships in Changing Landscapes Cambridge University Press, Cambridge : 63-92
Holland, R.A., Eigenbrod, F., Armsworth, P.R., Anderson, B.J., Thomas, C.D., Heinemeyer, A., Gillings, S., Roy, D.B. & Gaston, K.J. 2011. Spatial covariation between freshwater and terrestrial ecosystem services. Ecological Applications 21 : 2 034-2 048
Moilanen, A., Anderson, A.J., Eigenbrod, F., Heinemeyer, A., Roy, D.B., Gillings, S., Armsworth, P.R., Gaston, K.J. & Thomas, C.D. 2011. Balancing alternative land uses in conservation prioritization. Ecological Applications 21 : 1 419-1 426
Amar, A., Grant, M., Buchanan, G., Sim, I., Wilson, J., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Redpath, S. 2011. Exploring the relationships between wader declines and current land-use in the British uplands. Bird Study 58 : 13-26 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2010.513412)
Ambrosini, R., Bani, L., Massimino, D., Fornasari, L. & Saino, N. 2011. Large-scale spatial distribution of breeding Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica in relation to cattle farming. Bird Study 58 (part 4) : 495-505 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2011.609883)
Ambrosini, R., Rubolini, D., Moller, A.P., Bani, L., Clark, J., Karcza, Z., Vangeluwe, D., du Feu, C., Spina, F. & Saino, N. 2011. Climate change and the long-term northward shift in the African wintering range of the barn swallow <i>Hirundo rustica</i>. Climate Research 49 : 131-141
Bayly, N.J., Rumsey, S.J.R. & Clark, J.A. 2011. Crossing the Sahara desert:migrating strategies of the Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia. Journal of Ornithology 152 (part 4) : 933-946 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-011-0676-3)
Bolton, M., Bamford, R., Blackburn, C., Cromarty, J., Eglington, S., Ratcliffe, N., Sharpe, F., Stanbury, A. & Smart, J. 2011. Assessment of simple survey methods to determine breeding population size and productivity of a plover, the Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus. Wader Study Group Bulletin 118 (part 3) : 141-152
Bradbury, R.B., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Wotton, S.R., Conway, G.J. & Grice, P.V. 2011. The influence of climate and topography in patterns of territory establishment in a range-expanding bird. Ibis 153 (part 2) : 336-344 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2011.01106.x)
Brereton, T.M., Cruickshanks, K.L., Risely, K., Noble, D.G. & Roy, D.B. 2011. Developing and launching a wider countryside butterfly survey across the United Kingdom. Journal of Insect Conservation 15 (part 1) : 279-290 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10841-010-9345-8)
Buckland, S.T., Studeny, A., Magurran, A.E. & Newson, S.E. 2011. Biodiversity monitoring: the relevance of detectability. Book title: Biological diversity: frontiers in measurement and assessment Oxford University Press
Buckland, S.T., Studeny, A.C., Magurran, A.E., Illian, J.B. & Newson, S.E. 2011. The geometric mean of relative abundance indices: a biodiversity measure with a difference. Ecosphere 2 (part 9) : 1-19 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1890/ES11-00186.1)
Butler, S., Freckleton, R., Renwick, A.R. & Norris, K. 2011. An objective, niche-based approach to indicator species selection. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3 (part 2) : 317-326 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2011.00173.x)
Carroll, M.J., Dennis, P., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Thomas, C.D. 2011. Maintaining northern peatland ecosystems in a changing climate: effects of soil moisture, drainage and drain blocking on craneflies. Global Change Biology 17 (part 9) : 2 991-3 001 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02416.x)
Clark, J.A., Dadam, D., Robinson, R.A., Moss, D., Leech, D.I., Barber, L., Blackburn, J., Conway, G.J., de Palacio, D., Griffin, B.M. & Sch 2011. Bird ringing in Britain and Ireland in 2010. Ringing & Migration 26 (part 2) : 118-160 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2011.638487)
Coiffait, L., Robinson, R.A., Clark, J.A. & Griffin, B.M 2011. Fattening strategies of British & Irish Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica prior to autumn migration. Ringing & Migration 26 : 15-23
Cook, A.S.C.P., Parsons, M., Mitchell I. & Robinson R.A. 2011. Reconciling policy with ecological requirements in biodiversity monitoring. Marine Ecology Progress Series 434 : 267-277 Link to Article (DOI: 10.3354/meps09244)
Cook, M., Waltho, C., Evans, I. & Wernham, C. 2011. Why Bird Monitoring in Scotland Needs More Volunteers. Book title: The Changing Nature of Scotland. The Stationery Office, Scotland, Edinburgh : 139-144
Cornulier, T., Robinson, R.A., Elston, D., Lambin, X., Sutherland, W.J. & Benton, T.G. 2011. Bayesian reconstitution of environmental change from disparate historical records: hedgerow loss and farmland bird declines. Methods In Ecology and Evolution 2 : 86-94 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2010.00054.)
Douglas, D.J.T., Bellamy, P.E. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2011. Changes in the abundance and distribution of upland breeding birds at an operational wind farm. Bird Study 58 : 37-43 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2010.524914)
Evans, K.L., Chamberlain, D.E., Hatchwell, B.J., Gregory, R.D. & Gaston, K.J. 2011. What makes an urban bird?. Global Change Biology 17 : 32-44 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02247.x)
Fahrig, L., Baudry, J., Brotons, L., Burel, F., Crist, T., Fuller, R.J., Sirami, C. ,Siriwardena, G.M. & Martin, J.L. 2011. Functional landscape heterogeneity and animal biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. Ecology Letters 14 : 101-112 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01559.x)
Ferguson-Lees, J., Castell, R. & Leech, D. 2011. A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests. BTO Books, Thetford
Gillings, S., Swann, B., Balmer, D. & Wernham, C. 2011. Bird Atlas 2007-11: Measuring Change in Bird Distribution and Abundance. Book title: The Changing Nature of Scotland. The Stationery Office, Scotland, Edinburgh : 67-72
Gilroy J.J., Anderson G.Q.A., Vickery J.A., Grice P.V. & Sutherland W.J. 2011. Identifying mismatches between habitat selection and habitat quality in a ground-nesting farmland bird. Animal Conservation 14 : 620-629 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2011.00480.x)