Interactions between birds and people take many forms, and can be positive or negative. BTO has a good track record in delivering the impartial research needed in conflict situations to inform best management practice. There is also a growing demand to quantify the value of ‘nature’ for use in objective, economic decisions. BTO is working collaboratively to consider the wildlife benefits (and drawbacks) for different people.
Development of a weak-link wing harness for use on large gulls (Laridae): methodology, evaluation and recommendations
Multi-taxa spatial conservation planning reveals similar priorities between taxa and improved protected area representation with climate change
Pinpointing which protected area characteristics help community response to climate warming: waterbirds in the European Union’s Natura 2000 network
Resilient protected area network enables species adaptation that mitigates the impact of a crash in food supply
Oystercatcher numbers are declining in the UK, in line with the trends for wader species globally, and with ever greater anthropogenic changes to wader habitats, it is vital we understand the...
Birds of Conservation Concern 5
The same group of experts undertook a parallel exercise to assess the extinction risk of all bird species for Great Britain (the geographical area at which all other taxa are assessed) using the...
Better utilisation and transparency of bird data collected by powerline companies
The continued increase in global energy demand requires expanding networks of power supply. High-voltage overhead powerlines, however, pose a collision and electrocution risk to some bird species if...
GPS tracking reveals landfill closures induce higher foraging effort and habitat switching in gulls
During the 20th century, gull populations across the globe increased rapidly in response to human activities, with the availability of waste food in landfill sites a key driver of their success....
Supplementary bird feeding – a conservation balance
Dr Kate Plummer and colleagues discuss the delicate conservation balance of providing additional food for birds.
BTO produces new climate change report
A new report, published during COP26, highlights how climate change is already impacting the UK's birds.
The sound of spring is changing
Using new techniques, this study shows that the birdsong soundscape in Europe and North America has deterioriated over the past 25 years, due to a reduction in acoustic diversity and intensity.
Climate change is already affecting the UK's birds
An increasing body of research demonstrates the impacts of climate change on bird species across the globe, revealing a range of responses.
Spurn Young Leaders Course 2021
Attendees of BTO's Young Leaders Course 2021 reflect on what they learned at Spurn.
Sensitivities to land use change by breeding Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) in Britain
Populations of Short-eared Owls are declining across many parts of their range, including here in Britain, where their breeding range contracted between 1990 and 2010. The relationships between a...
Top tips for photographing birds
BTO's president shares his suggestions for improving your chances of getting that perfect shot.
Feeding garden birds changes Blackcap migration patterns
New research using data from BTO's Ringing Scheme and Garden BirdWatch shows how we are shaping the natural world through actions in our own back gardens.
Effectiveness of the European Natura 2000 network to sustain a specialist wintering waterbird population in the face of climate change
Rewilding and intervention: complementary philosophies for nature conservation in Britain
Nocturnal thrushes affected by artificial light
New research from BTO has investigated the effect of artificial light at night on birds, indicating that nocturnal migrants are attracted to more brightly lit areas.
Effect of a joint policy statement by nine UK shooting and rural organisations on the use of lead shotgun ammunition for hunting common pheasants Phasianus colchicus in Britain
Spatial patterns of weed dispersal by wintering gulls within and beyond an agricultural landscape
Birds and pollution — a masterclass
Increasing human activity brings more pollution into the environment. This can take many forms and can affect birds in a number of ways, as Nina O'Hanlon explains.
The State of the UK's Birds 2020
Providing an annual overview of the status of the UK’s breeding and non-breeding bird species in the UK, this year’s report highlights the continuing poor fortunes of the UK’s woodland birds,...
Evaluating spatially explicit sharing‐sparing scenarios for multiple environmental outcomes
The urban sprawl
BTO's Head and Principal Ecologist, Gavin Siriwardena, explains how the urban landscape is affecting our wild bird populations.
Blue Tits missing from gardens following heatwave
Garden BirdWatch has shown that some of our favourite garden species have been struggling this year, possibly due to the unusually warm spring.