Using data from schools to model variation in soil invertebrates across the UK: The importance of weather, climate, season and habitat
What's Under Your Feet?
A new study, supported by EDF Energy and BTO, has looked into soil invertebrate communities in the UK using large-scale citizen science data from schools.
Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds is a unique review of current understanding of the relationships between forest birds and their changing environments.
Number of coastal Herring Gull populations have reduced markedly in recent years.
Assessing the habitat use of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus) from the Bowland Fells SPA - ANNEX 1 - 2017 update
This annex to BTO Research Report 694 (Clewley et al.
Improving understanding of the possible relationship between improving freshwater and coastal water quality and bird interest on designated sites - phase 1 review
Over the past 50 years there has been widespread improvement in water quality in many freshwater and coastal systems driven by domestic and European legislation, most recently the EU Water Framewor
Estimating national population sizes: Methodological challenges and applications illustrated in the common nightingale, a declining songbird in the UK
Counting songs: estimating the UK’s Nightingale population
A new study led by BTO estimates the UK Nightingale population at 5095 – 5983 territorial males. The study also highlights the importance of Lodge Hill SSSI as important sites and discusses the use of appropriate methodology when estimating populations for scarcer species.
Dodging the blades: new insights into three-dimensional space use of offshore wind farms by lesser black-backed gulls Larus fuscus
Dodging the blades: gulls and wind farms
Initial findings suggest that Lesser Black-backed Gulls in north-west England fly within wind farms, but may avoid wind turbines once there.
Monitoring has no effect on Whinchat nests
Monitoring nests has no effect on daily survival rates of young, finds a new paper funded by BTO and NERC.
Can bird abundance declines be detected by citizen science programmes? A case study using Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
Management for conservation often attempts to replicate the practices that were prevalent in historical times.
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.
Does the early bird catch the caterpillar?
Recently published research led by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) sheds new light on the impact that climate change has had on common and widespread songbirds across the UK.
How should static detectors be deployed to produce robust national population trends for British bat species?
These detectors can be left outside to automatically trigger and record bats.
Modelled abundance and change in abundance of Red Deer and Roe Deer in Scotland from Breeding Bird Survey data
This short note describes the derivation of maps of abundance and change in abundance for the two species, from the late 1990s to the present day.
Large-scale citizen science improves assessment of risk posed by wind farms to bats in southern Scotland
Scanning for Scottish bats
With the need to better understand the distribution of rare and vulnerable bats to help minimise risk posed by wind farms, this study used the power of citizen science to rewrite the bat distribution maps in southern Scotland.
Climate change will change bird communities
With climate change a continuing pressure on birds, this new study discovered the effects it may have on existing and future populations.
Addressing Uncertainty in Marine Resource Management; Combining Community Engagement and Tracking Technology to Characterize Human Behavior
Small-scale fisheries provide an essential source of food and employment for coastal communities, yet the availability of detailed information on the spatiotemporal distribution of fishing effort to s
Implicit assumptions underlying simple harvest models of marine bird populations can mislead environmental management decisions
Potential Biological Removal (PBR) is a simple harvest model. PBR is used for assessing impacts of offshore wind farms on seabird populations. Implicit assumptions about density dependence within PBR were tested. We demonstrated that PBR gives misleading results when assumptions are not met. We recommend use of models that allow assumptions to be explicitly defined.
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.