BTO monitoring first identified the biodiversity crisis in farmland and research using our datasets has been central both to diagnosing the causes of bird population declines and to evaluating the success of the agri-environment schemes (AESs) that aim to address the problem. These AESs were informed by experimental work that tested the efficacy of management options, while bespoke volunteer surveys offer a unique resource to specific habitats or management approaches at the national scale.
Increasing crop heterogeneity enhances multitrophic diversity across agricultural regions
Agri-environment effects on birds in Wales: Tir Gofal benefited woodland and hedgerow species
Exploring relationships between land use intensity, habitat heterogeneity and biodiversity to identify and monitor areas of High Nature Value farming
Monitoring Breeding Waders in Wensleydale: trialling surveys carried out by farmers and gamekeepers
Henrietta is part of the Terrestrial Ecology team, researching and analysing impacts of land-use on bird distributions and ecology.
Gavin leads the BTO’s Land-Use Research team, which currently comprises up to 15 analytical and field research staff, conducting and supervising pure and applied research on terrestrial bird ecology.