BTO's impartial and objective approach has proven to be crucial in undertaking research on predators and predation, some of which can be controversial. Our research has involved analyses of long-term data to study potential impacts of predation, drivers of predator population dynamics, and research to understand the consequences of different solutions to managing predators, much of which has involved working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders.
Predator management for breeding waders: a review of current evidence and priority knowledge gaps
Review of the potential of seabird colony monitoring to inform monitoring programmes for consented offshore wind farm projects
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED 17.01.2022).
Tracking Short-eared Owls: Notes from the field
Why would anyone choose to spend a winter’s night out on a cold Orkney moor? Ben Darvill gives an insight into the dedication of Short-eared Owl fieldworkers, and their amazing discoveries.
What effect might annual releases of non-native gamebirds be having on native biodiversity?
Henrietta Pringle reveals the work behind a recent paper on gamebirds and predation
General licences and BTO
Andy Clements, BTO Chief Executive, sets out BTO’s position regarding the current debate about wildlife licensing.
Investigating wader breeding productivity in the East Cairngorms Moorland Partnership Area using collaborative methods
Breeding wader populations have declined significantly in recent decades in the UK. During this time, areas of moorland managed for grouse shooting and adjacent areas of rough pasture have been...
How birdwatchers can tell us about declining mammals
The UK’s mammals present particular challenges for monitoring; they live in a wide variety of habitats, vary enormously in size and can be very difficult to see, but as this paper shows,...
Monitoring Breeding Waders in Wensleydale: trialling surveys carried out by farmers and gamekeepers
Continuing influences of introduced hedgehogs Erinaceus europaeus as a predator of wader (Charadrii) eggs four decades after their release on the Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Non-native predators can cause major declines or even localised extinctions in prey populations across the globe, especially on islands. The removal of non-native predators can, therefore, be a...
Amy works on behalf of the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme (SRMS). The SRMS is a partnership of eight organisations, each of which plays a key role in Scottish ornithology, notably with expertise in undertaking and reporting on scientifically rigorous monitoring of birds of prey. She is hosted by BTO Scotland. Amy works on behalf of the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme (SRMS) raptormonitoring.org