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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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LifeCycle issue 8, Autumn 2018

2018 |

It also contains articles on ringing and nest recording on the MOD estate, ageing Reed Buntings, monitoring Woodpigeon nests, ringing without mist nets and nest boxes for Shags.

Peer-reviewed papers

Climate change vulnerability assessment of species

2018 | Foden, W.B., Young, B.E., Akçakaya. H.R., Garcia, R.A., Hoffmann, A.A., Stein, B.A., Thomas, C.D., Wheatley, C.J., Bickford, D., Carr, J.A., Hole, D.G., Martin, T.G., Pacifici, M., Pearce‐Higgins, J.W., Platts, P.J., Visconti, P., Watson, J.E.M. & Huntley, B. WIREs Climate Change

Assessing species' vulnerability to climate change is a prerequisite for developing effective strategies to conserve them.

Peer-reviewed papers
Chaffinch by Jill Pakenham

Spatio-temporal dynamics and aetiology of proliferative leg skin lesions in wild British finches

Garden BirdWatchers allow us to better understand disease in British finches

2018 | Lawson, B., Robinson, R.A., Rodriquez-Ramos Fernandez, J., John, S.K., Benitez, L., Tolf, C., Risely, K., Toms, M., Cunnigham, A.A. & William, R.A.J Scientific Reports

Weekly reports from BTO Garden BirdWatchers, as well as ad hoc sightings of disease from members of the public to Garden Wildlife Health, have aided our understanding of leg lesions (more commonly referred to as ‘scaly leg’ or ‘tassel foot’) in British finches.

Peer-reviewed papers
Curlew by Neil Calbrade

Evaluating the effectiveness of conservation measures for European grassland‐breeding waders

Wading birds are benefiting from conservation action but we need more of it

2018 | Franks S.E., Roodbergen M., Teunissen W., Carrington Cotton, A., Pearce‐Higgins, J.W. Ecology & Evolution

Whether it is the swooping display and ‘pee-wit’ calls of a breeding Lapwing or the haunting cry of a Curlew over a tall hay meadow, breeding waders deliver some of the most iconic sights and sounds of the British countryside in spring. But, along with many of the other species breeding in agricultural habitats, all is not well with these charismatic birds, as BTO Research Ecologist Sam Franks reveals.

Peer-reviewed papers

Spatial scales of marine conservation management for breeding seabirds

2018 | Oppel S., Bolton M., Carneiro A.P.B., Dias M.P., Green J.A., Masello J.F., Phillips R.A., Owen E., Quillfeldt P., Beard A., Bertrand S., Blackburn J., et al Marine Policy

Peer-reviewed papers

An efficient survey method for estimating populations of marsh tits Poecile palustris, a low-density woodland passerine

2018 | Broughton, R.K., Dadam, D., Maziarz, M., Bellamy, P.E. & Hinsley, S.A. Bird Study

Peer-reviewed papers

Effects of supplementary feeding on interspecific dominance hierarchies in garden birds

2018 | Francis M.L., Plummer K.E., Lythgoe B.A., Macallan C., Currie T.E. & Blount J.D. PLOS ONE

BTO books and guides

Bird Photographer of the Year 2018 (Collection 3)

2018 |

Bird Photographer of the Year Collection 3 includes the winning and short-listed images from the competition, now in its third year, showcasing some of the finest bird photography, with a foreword

Peer-reviewed papers

<p>Habitat diversity and structure regulate British bird richness: Implications of non-linear relationships for conservation</p>

2018 | Carrasco, L., Norton, L., Henrys, P., Siriwardena, G.M., Rhodes, C.J., Rowland, C. & Mortona, D. Biological Conservation

Research Reports

Potential Future Distribution & Abundance Patterns of Common Buzzards Buteo Buteo

2018 | Jennifer A. Border, Dario Massimino, Simon Gillings

Peer-reviewed papers

Implications of transformation to irregular silviculture for woodland birds: A stand wise comparison in an English broadleaf woodland

2018 | Alder, D.C., Fuller, R.J. & Marsden, S.J. Forest Ecology and Management

Woodland birds in Britain have undergone significant long term declines since the late 1960s, associated in particular with changes in woodland structure in general, and loss of early successional veg

Peer-reviewed papers

Large gulls taking fully grown shorebirds during spring passage in Delaware Bay, USA

2018 | Clark, J.A., Atkinson, P.W., Dey, A., Gillings, S., Mace, J. & Neima, S. Wader Study

Peer-reviewed papers
Brown Hares, by John Harding

Evaluating spatiotemporal trends in terrestrial mammal abundance using data collected during bird surveys

How birdwatchers can tell us about declining mammals

2018 | Massimino D., Harris S.J., Gillings, S Biological Conservation

<p>The UK’s mammals present particular challenges for monitoring; they live in a wide variety of habitats, vary enormously in size and can be very difficult to see, but&nbsp;as this paper shows, Britain’s army of&nbsp;volunteer bird surveyors could come to the rescue.</p>

Peer-reviewed papers
Crested Tit - Sarah Kelman

Monitoring landscape-scale environmental changes with citizen scientists: Twenty years of land use change in Great Britain

Can volunteers’ data be used to monitor land cover change?

2018 | Martay, B., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Harris, S.J. & Gillings, S. Journal for Nature Conservation

A new study shows that Breeding Bird Survey data can help with habitat monitoring. 

Peer-reviewed papers

An assessment of the state of nature in the United Kingdom: A review of findings, methods and impact

2018 | Burns F., Eaton M.A., Hayhow D.B., Outhwaite C.L., Fulaijd N.A, August T.A., Boughey KA., Brereton t., Brown A., Bullock D.J., Gent T., Haysome K.A., Isaac J.B., Johns D.G, Macadam C.R., Mathew F., Noblen D.G., Powney G.D., Simsop D.W., Smart S.M., Stroh, P. Walker K.J., Webb J.R., Webbs T.J., Gregory R.D. Ecological Indicators

Peer-reviewed papers

Quantifying avian avoidance of offshore wind turbines: Current evidence and key knowledge gaps

2018 | Cook, A.S.C.P., Humphreys, E.M., Bennet, F., Masden, E.A. & Burton, N.H.K. Marine Environmental Research

Peer-reviewed papers
Woodcock - Graham Giddens

Habitat correlates of Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola abundance in a declining resident population

Understanding the influence of habitat upon breeding Woodcock numbers in Britain

2018 | Heward, C.J., Hoodless, A.N., Conway, G.J., Fuller, R.J., MacColl, A.D.C. & Aebisher, N.J. Journal of Ornithology

Woodcock are in long-term decline. Due to incomplete knowledge of their habitat requirements, there is uncertainty as to what causes these declines. A BTO/GWCT survey investigates Woodcock habitat associations. 



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