Nuthatch Is a Christmas cracker
The new BirdTrends 2019 report reveals that Nuthatch has continued to see its population grow.
Integrating dynamic environmental predictors and species occurrences: Toward true dynamic species distribution models
Scottish Breeding Bird Indicator updated
The latest Scottish terrestrial breeding bird indicator reveals mixed fortunes and short-term impacts of the Beast from the East.
Population responses of bird populations to climate change on two continents vary with species' ecological traits but not with direction of change in climate suitability
Assessing factors associated with changes in the numbers of birds visiting gardens in winter: Are predators partly to blame?
Updated biodiversity indicators
BTO monitoring data has contributed to the updated set of 24 goverment Biodiversity Indicators for 2019.
Avian malaria linked to decline in London's House Sparrows
The once ubiquitous House Sparrow is now absent from many urban areas. New research suggests that malarial parasites may be involved in this decline.
<p>First formal estimate of the world population of the Critically Endangered spoon-billed sandpiper Calidris pygmaea</p>
<p>Habitat diversity and structure regulate British bird richness: Implications of non-linear relationships for conservation</p>
Associations between gamebird releases and general predators
Pheasants and Red-legged Partridges for commercial shoots may be boosting numbers of the avian predators and scavengers.
Using GIS-linked Bayesian Belief Networks as a tool for modelling urban biodiversity
This research demonstrates the feasibility of using a GIS-coupled Bayesian Belief Network approach to model biodiversity at fine spatial scales in complex landscapes.
How can assemblage structure indices improve monitoring of change in bird communities using ongoing survey data?
Is bird feeding changing Britain's garden bird communities?
Newly published research from BTO shows how the popular pastime of feeding the birds is significantly shaping garden bird communities in Britain.
BBS Report reveals impact of 'Beast from the East'
The new BBS report shows the impact that severe 2018 weather may have had on some of our birds.
Hydrologically driven ecosystem processes determine the distribution and persistence of ecosystem-specialist predators under climate change
Spare or share to benefit biodiversity?
Agriculture is necessary to meet the food demands of an increasing human population, but it is also a leading threat to biodiversity, both because natural habitats are destroyed when land is...
Waders wane while geese gain
A major new study led by BTO, working with the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) partners, JNCC, RSPB and in association with WWT, provides detailed information on the importance of Great Britain for...
Land sparing and bird conservation
As demand for food increases, a crucial question in conservation is how to limit the negative impacts of agriculture on biodiversity. ‘Land sparing’ has been proposed as a strategy to address...
Spatial and habitat variation in aphid, butterfly, moth and bird phenologies over the last half century
Global warming has advanced the timing of biological events, potentially leading to disruption across trophic levels. The potential importance of phenological change as a driver of population trends...
Open access atlases
BTO has been working with volunteer-sourced atlas data for many decades. Now we are taking the bold step of making the full archive of distribution data freely available for anyone to use.
A tale of two plovers
BTO research sheds light on the differing fortunes of two small UK-breeding waders.
Declining population trends of European mountain birds
Mountain areas often hold special species communities, and they are high on the list of conservation concern. Global warming and changes in human land use, such as grazing pressure and afforestation,...
Understanding the influence of habitat upon breeding Woodcock numbers in Britain
Woodcock are in long-term decline. Due to incomplete knowledge of their habitat requirements, there is uncertainty as to what causes these declines. A BTO/GWCT survey investigates Woodcock habitat...
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...