Waders wane while geese gain
A major new study led by BTO, working with the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) partners, JNCC, RSPB and in association with WWT, provides detailed information on the importance of Great Britain for waterbirds each winter.
Improving our understanding of the distribution and status of bats within the Ryevitalise Landscape Partnership Scheme area
Weak effects of geolocators on small birds: a meta‐analysis controlled for phylogeny and publication bias
Land sparing and bird conservation
As demand for food increases, a crucial question in conservation is how to limit the negative impacts of agriculture on biodiversity. ‘Land sparing’ has been proposed as a strategy to address this problem, with high-yield agriculture minimising the area of farmland so that other land can be spared for conservation. Research – mostly from tropical regions – suggests that most species would achieve larger populations under a land-sparing strategy than under a strategy in which lower-yielding wildlife-friendly farmland delivers food production over a larger total area.
Spatial and habitat variation in aphid, butterfly, moth and bird phenologies over the last half century
Global warming has advanced the timing of biological events, potentially leading to disruption across trophic levels.
Habitat- and species-mediated short- and long-term distributional changes in waterbird abundance linked to variation in European winter weather.
Estimating age‐dependent survival from age‐aggregated ringing data—extending the use of historical records
Breeding populations of Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius and Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula in the United Kingdom in 2007
A tale of two plovers
BTO research sheds light on the differing fortunes of two small UK-breeding waders.
Site-based adaptation reduces the negative effects of weather upon a southern range margin Welsh black grouse Tetrao tetrix population that is vulnerable to climate change
Investigating wader breeding productivity in the East Cairngorms Moorland Partnership Area using collaborative methods
Exploring relationships between land use intensity, habitat heterogeneity and biodiversity to identify and monitor areas of High Nature Value farming
Tracking a research revolution
Newly-published work by BTO has reviewed the long-term patterns in the use of tracking devices on individual birds, and how the effects of the use of such devices are reported. This work highlights the continuing need for more systematic documentation of potential effects in peer-reviewed publications, to support more rigorous science and to further improve bird welfare.
Mountain areas often hold special species communities, and they are high on the list of conservation concern.
Review of data and monitoring options for assessing the status of breeding wader populations in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
This report assesses the availability and quality of information relating to breeding populations of six of the most numerous wader species (Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Snipe, Curlew, Redsh
Representing migration routes from re‑encounter data: a new method applied to ring recoveries of Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) in Europe
The State of Birds in Wales 2018 was published on 6 December 2018.
Winter bird ID and WeBS (Residential, Flatford Mill, Suffolk)
Improve your winter bird ID skills and learn all about the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) on this weekend residential course for relative beginners and improvers. With a focus on waterfowl and waders, discover more about...
Unlocking the science to reveal the state of nature
David Noble takes a sober look at the latest State of Nature Report.