The UK supports internationally important populations of breeding seabirds. BTO is a partner in Britain and Ireland's Seabird Monitoring Programme and supports the current national census – Seabirds Count. Information from BTO's Retrapping Adults for Survival scheme and Nest Record Scheme also contributes to our understanding of seabird demography. Through analyses of data and field-based tracking projects, our research considers the many drivers of seabird population change, including climate change and renewable energy schemes.
Development of a weak-link wing harness for use on large gulls (Laridae): methodology, evaluation and recommendations
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...
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....
New Indicator for Wintering Waterbirds in Scotland
The latest Biodiversity Indicator for Wintering Waterbirds in Scotland shows declines.
Herring Gulls aren't after your chips
New BTO research using GPS tracking reveals that declining Herring Gulls are more likely to be foraging on Mussels than pilfering chips.
Raising Curlew chicks is key to their survival
By studying data from over 15,000 ringed Curlew, researchers have determined that conservation efforts for this declining species should focus on increasing breeding success.
Pilot study to investigate Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) feeding behaviour to enhance bird food modelling and shellfisheries management on The Wash
What’s the score for Copeland’s symphony of seabirds?
Northern Ireland Seabird Coordinator Katherine Booth Jones describes her love for the wild coastal habitats of Northern Ireland and the charismatic seabirds that inhabit them.
Review of the potential of seabird colony monitoring to inform monitoring programmes for consented offshore wind farm projects
Working together for seabirds
BTO work supports effective monitoring of our seabirds and aims to provide opportunities for a new generation of seabird surveyors.
Our Lost Seabirds
The UK’s seabirds are struggling and they need our help to survive. BTO’s new campaign – Our Lost Seabirds – aims to turn the tide.
Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2020
Tern colonies around Northern Ireland had a catastrophic year. Despite this, many seabirds such as Guillemots had a good breeding season.
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.
Wader population trends on the UK's open coast
Newly published research from BTO underlines the importance of the UK’s rocky shores and sandy beaches for waterbird species.
Long‐distance migrants vary migratory behaviour as much as short‐distance migrants: an individual‐level comparison from a seabird species with diverse migration strategies
Assessing the effects of wind farms on wildlife
New research involving BTO has developed a framework to identify how wildlife might be affected by renewable energy developments.
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED 17.01.2022).
WeBS News - Issue 36
Read about why data received from WeBS counts are as important as ever, and WeBS' continued support to count waterbirds along the East Atlantic flyway.
Vanishing Terns on the Skerries
The UK's largest Arctic Tern breeding colony has been abandoned, and BTO scientists are asking the public for help to work out where these birds have gone.
Effect of GPS tagging on behaviour and marine distribution of breeding Arctic Terns Sterna paradisaea
Pilot Tracking Study of the Migratory Movements of Shelduck to Inform Understanding of Potential Interactions with Offshore Wind Farms in the North Sea
Following a review of current knowledge of the migratory movements of British and Irish Shelduck Tadorna tadorna in relation to the potential risks to the species associated with offshore wind farms...