The UK’s inland and coastal wetlands support internationally important populations of non-breeding waterbirds, originating from breeding grounds in this country to the high Arctic. Through the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) and Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey (NEWS), we monitor these populations, providing data that inform site protection, international obligations and research on the drivers of population change. This has encompassed studies of climate change and renewable energy schemes, habitat change, disturbance and the effect of introduced non-native species.
The future distribution of wetland birds breeding in Europe validated against observed changes in distribution
Keep track of the waders on your farm with the Wader Calendar
Help with research on farmland waders by joining our farmer survey, the Wader Calendar.
Help collect wader data on estates with the Gamekeeper Wader Transects
Contribute your knowledge and familiarity with the land to wader research by joining the Gamekeeper Wader Transect monitoring scheme.
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...
The Icelandic Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus population: current status and long-term (1986–2020) trends in its numbers and distribution
Assessing drivers of winter abundance change in Eurasian Curlews Numenius arquata in England and Wales
New Indicator for Wintering Waterbirds in Scotland
The latest Biodiversity Indicator for Wintering Waterbirds in Scotland shows declines.
GPS tracking of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Spain reveals birds moving between rice fields and landfill, leading to the possibility of contimation of land used for food production.of to possiby
Scaup on the slide, Spoonbill on the rise
Find out how Scaup are spending their winters in the latest Wetland Bird Survey report.
Effectiveness of the European Natura 2000 network to sustain a specialist wintering waterbird population in the face of climate change
Future of waterbirds predicted by new international study
Taking action to protect waterbirds against climate change will require a unified approach
Predator management for breeding waders: a review of current evidence and priority knowledge gaps
What's next for our waders?
Recent BTO work focuses on understanding the variation in Curlew and other UK wader populations so that we can help suggest actions to conserve them.
Spatial patterns of weed dispersal by wintering gulls within and beyond an agricultural landscape
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.
Nina is a Research Ecologist and part of the Wetland & Marine Research Team, based within BTO Scotland. Her role involves reporting, analysis and fieldwork with a focus on marine birds.
Benefits of protected areas for nonbreeding waterbirds adjusting their distributions under climate warming
A counterfactual approach to measure the impact of wet grassland conservation on UK breeding bird populations
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,...
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.
BTO in Belarus: the Polesia project
Adham Ashton-Butt explains how BTO is involved in a cross-organisational project in Polesia, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe.
Restoring and protecting Polesia wilderness
BTO participated in species research and monitoring underpinning a large-scale landscape restoration project in Belarus and Ukraine, aimed at protecting and restoring the wetland wilderness of...
Do drones disturb wintering waterbirds?
Newly published research, carried out by staff at BTO Scotland, has investigated the response to wintering waterbirds to drones, and shown that they can be easily scared into flight by drone use.