Experiences of nature provide many mental-health benefits, particularly for people living in urban areas.
Birds and butterflies struggle to adapt to climate change where natural habitat is lacking
New collaborative research involving the BTO has looked at the impact of climate change and habitat loss on a suite on British bird and butterfly species.
Towards a framework for quantifying the population-level consequences of anthropogenic pressures on the environment: The case of seabirds and windfarms
Assessing the impact of offshore wind farms on seabird populations
New research from the BTO has examined the different analytical tools used to assess the likely population-level impact of offshore wind farm developments on seabirds, finding that these vary widely and are influenced to a large extent by the assumptions made at the start of the analysis.
The seabird wreck in the Bay of Biscay and South-Western Approaches in 2014: A review of reported mortality
Between December 2013 and February 2014, a series of storm events occurred in areas of the North Atlantic frequented by migratory seabirds. Prolonged exposure to sustained storm conditions was followed by an unprecedented level of seabird mortality, apparently due to starvation, exhaustion and drowning. A total of 54,982 wrecked birds was recorded along European coastlines of the northeast Atlantic over the winter; 94% of which were dead. The majority of birds found were recorded on the French coastline (79.6%), and the most impacted species was the Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica (53.6%). In this paper, we describe the conditions surrounding this wreck event and report the numbers of wrecked and stranded seabirds by combining reports from multiple affected countries.
Butterfly and moth responses to temperature vary with season
<p>BTO has led the way in developing a new indicator to detect the effects of climate change on ecological communities, using British butterflies and moths as an example.</p>
Assessing offshore wind farm impact assessments for breeding seabirds
As the number of offshore wind farms increases, it is important to correctly assess the impact that these developments can have on wildlife. New research led by the BTO examines this situation for seabirds, considering the current environmental impact assessment process in light of the key factors that determine seabird population dynamics.
For more information about the BTO’s work on wind farms, contact aonghais.cook [at] bto.org.
Why are Willow Warblers decreasing in the south, but not the north?
<p>New research involving the BTO suggests that Willow Warbler population declines in southern Britain might be reversed by improving productivity there.</p>
Too wet to nest?
<p>Data gathered by nest recorders helps us understand why some nests are successful and others are not. Recent BTO research has developed a method to analyse nest record data more effectively, and revealed some intriguing differences in the effect of rainfall on Blackbird nest success.</p>
<p>First formal estimate of the world population of the Critically Endangered spoon-billed sandpiper Calidris pygmaea</p>
Climate change impacts on UK biodiversity: declining moths and increasing aphids
<p>Climate change may affect species populations and disrupt ecological communities. Cross-cutting analysis led by BTO has identified that climate change may have contributed to declines in UK moth populations, and increases in the numbers of flying aphids, since the 1970s.</p>
Report is available in six different versions.
Human activities and biodiversity opportunities in pre‐industrial cultural landscapes: relevance to conservation
1.Conservation practices in Europe frequently attempt to perpetuate or mimic the ‘tradi-tional’ forms of management of semi-natural habitats, but with a limited understanding of what these entailed
Management responses to ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) in woodland: implications for woodland structure and resources for biodiversity
Introduction, The Geographical and Ecological Distribution of Ash, The Disease: Its Spread and Symptons, Two East Anglian Case Studies, Management Responses to Ash Dieback, Resources and Key Structure
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.