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State of Nature Report
Red Kite. Jill Pakenham

State of Nature report 2019

The current state of nature

2019 |

An overview of how the country’s wildlife is faring, looking back over nearly 50 years of monitoring to see how nature has changed.

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Peer-reviewed papers

Quantifying nutrient inputs by gulls to a fluctuating lake, aided by movement ecology methods

2019 | Martín‐Vélez, V., Sánchez, M.I., Shamoun‐Baranes, J. Thaxter, C.B., Stienen, E.W.M., Camphuysen, C.J. & Green, A.J. Freshwater Biology

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Increasing crop heterogeneity enhances multitrophic diversity across agricultural regions

2019 | Sirami, C., Gross, N., Bosem Baillod, A., Bertrand, C., Carrié, R., Hass, A., Henckel, L., Miguet, P., Vuillot, C., Alignier, A., Girard, J., Batár, P., Clough, Y., Violle, C., Giralt, D., Bota, G., Badenhausser, I., Lefebvre, G., Gauffre, B., Vialatte, A., Calatayud, F., Gil-Tenam A,, Tischendorf, L., Mitchell, S., Lindsay, K., Georges, R., Hilaire, S., Recasens, J., Solé-Senan, X.O., Robleño, I., Bosch, J., Barrientos, J.A., Ricarte, A., Marcos-Garcia, M.A., Miñano, J., Mathevet, R., Gibon, A., Baudry, J., Balent, G., Poulin, B., Burel, F., Tscharntke, T., Bretagnolle, V., Siriwardena, G.M., Ouin, A., Brotons, L., Martin, J.-L. & Fahrig, L. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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House Sparrow, John Harding

Avian malaria-mediated population decline of a widespread iconic bird species

Avian malaria linked to decline in London's House Sparrows

2019 | Dadam, D., Robinson, R.A., Clements, A., Peach, W.J., Bennett, M., Rowcliffe, J.M. & Cunningham, A.A. Royal Society Open Science

The once ubiquitous House Sparrow is now absent from many urban areas. New research suggests that malarial parasites may be involved in this decline.

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Agri-environment effects on birds in Wales: Tir Gofal benefited woodland and hedgerow species

2019 | Dadam, D. & Siriwardena, G.M. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment

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Pheasant. Jill Pakenham.

Associations between gamebird releases and general predators

2019 | Pringle, H., Wilson, M., Calladine, J. & Siriwardena, G.M. Journal of Applied Ecology

Pheasants and Red-legged Partridges for commercial shoots may be boosting numbers of the avian predators and scavengers.

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Using the first European Breeding Bird Atlas for science and perspectives for the new Atlas

2019 | Herrando, S., Keller, V., Bauer, H.-G., Brotons, L., Eaton, M., Kalyakin, M., Voltzit, O., Lehikoinen, A., Milanesi,P., Noble, D., Ramírez, I., Voříšek P. & Foppen, R. Bird Study

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Using GIS-linked Bayesian Belief Networks as a tool for modelling urban biodiversity

2019 | Grafius, D.R., Corstanje, R., Warren, P.H., Evans, K.L., Norton, B.A., Siriwardena, G.M., Pescott, O.L., Plummer, K.E., Mears, M., Zawadzka, J., Richards, J.P. & Harris, J.A. Landscape and Urban Planning

This research demonstrates the feasibility of using a GIS-coupled Bayesian Belief Network approach to model biodiversity at fine spatial scales in complex landscapes.

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How can assemblage structure indices improve monitoring of change in bird communities using ongoing survey data?

2019 | Siriwardena, G.M., Henderson, I.G., Noble, D.G., & Fuller, R.J. Ecological Indicators

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Goldfinch. Paul Newton

The composition of British bird communities is associated with long-term garden bird feeding

Is bird feeding changing Britain's garden bird communities?

2019 | Plummer, K.E., Risely, K., Toms, M.P. & Siriwardena, G.M. Nature Communications

Newly published research from BTO shows how the popular pastime of feeding the birds is significantly shaping garden bird communities in Britain.

Waterbirds in the UK 2017/18: The Wetland Bird Survey

2019 | Teresa M. Frost, Graham E. Austin, Neil A. Calbrade, Heidi J. Mellan, Richard D. Hearn, A.E. Robinson, David A. Stroud, Simon R. Wotton and Dawn E. Balmer.

The Breeding Bird Survey Report

The Breeding Bird Survey 2018

2019 | Harris, S.J., Massimino, D., Eaton, M.A., Gillings, S., Noble, D.G., Balmer, D.E., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Woodcock, P.

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Accounting for automated identification errors in acoustic surveys

2019 | Barre. K., Le Viol, I., Julliard, R., Pauwels, J. Newson, S.E., Julien, J-F., Claireau, F., Kerbiriou, C. & Bas, Y. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

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Bird Atlas 2007-11 cover

Breeding and wintering bird distributions in Britain and Ireland from citizen science bird atlases

Open access atlases

2019 | Gillings, S., Balmer, D.E., Caffrey, B.J., Downie, I.S., Gibbons, D.W., Lack, P.C., Reid, J.B., Sharrock, J.T.R., Swann, R.L. & Fuller, R.J. Global Ecology and Biogeography

BTO has been working with volunteer-sourced atlas data for many decades. Now we are taking the bold step of making the full archive of distribution data freely available for anyone to use.

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Incorporating fine-scale environmental heterogeneity into broad-extent models

2019 | Graham, L.J., Spake, R., Gillings, S., Watts, K. & Eigenbrod, F. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

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Estimates of waterbird numbers wintering in Ireland, 2011/12–2015/16

2019 | Burke, B., Lewis, L. J., Fitzgerald, N., Frost, T., Austin, G. & Tierney, T. D. Irish Birds

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Linnet. By John Harding.

Bird conservation and the land sharing‐sparing continuum in farmland‐dominated landscapes of lowland England

Spare or share to benefit biodiversity?

2019 | Finch, T., Gillings, S., Green, R.E., Massimino, D., Peach, W.J. & Balmford, A. Conservation Biology

Agriculture is necessary to meet the food demands of an increasing human population, but it is also a leading threat to biodiversity, both because natural habitats are destroyed when land is converted to agricultural use and because the intensive management of existing agricultural land has negative consequences for many species. For this reason, scientists are studying strategies to mitigate the impacts of agriculture on biodiversity.

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Hybrid expert ensembles for identifying unreliable data in citizen science

2019 | Wessels, P., Moran, N., Johnston, A. & Wang, W. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence

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Correlates of alternative migratory strategies in western bluebirds

2019 | Dale, C.A., Nocera, J.J., Franks, S.E., Kyser, T.K. & Ratcliffe, L.M. Journal of Avian Biology



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