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.
Gill is responsible for supporting and coordinating the network of volunteer counters who carry out the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) across the UK, acting as the main point of contact in the WeBS team.
WeBS Core Counts is a year-round survey of waterbirds on a range of wetland habitats in the UK, with over 3,000 volunteers counting over 5,000 count areas. Gill works closely with the WeBS National Organiser, the WeBS Officer and the Information Systems Team to ensure the efficient and effective running of the Wetland Bird Survey, especially by supporting new and existing volunteers.
<p>First formal estimate of the world population of the Critically Endangered spoon-billed sandpiper Calidris pygmaea</p>
Habitat- and species-mediated short- and long-term distributional changes in waterbird abundance linked to variation in European winter weather.
Assessing habitat use of Herring Gulls in the Morecambe Bay SPA using GPS tracking devices
Results of the third Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey, including Population Estimates for Key Waterbird Species
Ros works as a Research Ecologist supporting the fieldwork, analysis and reporting work on the Wetland & Marine Research Team.
Katharine works as a Research Ecologist analysing quantitative data from a range of projects from Wales and the rest of the UK with a focus on wetland and marine species.
Rachel acts as scientific liaison and research lead for Wales. Environmental law and the main drivers of ecological change differ between the Principality and England, and her job is to ensure that Welsh research priorities are reflected in BTO’s portfolio; that Welsh projects are developed and can be managed locally; and that Welsh policy and environmental audiences maintain a good understanding and appreciation of the BTO’s research activity.
Providing Data for Rapid Condition Assessment of Non-Breeding Waterbird SPAs in England: Phase II
Liz's current job is to develop research projects principally concerned with wetland and marine issues. Her most recent work has focused on understanding the impacts of the renewable industry on seabirds. Previously to joining the BTO, Liz's main research interests involved quantifying the factors that determine the foraging performance and energetics of seabirds.
Ian supports the Ecologists within BTO who are undertaking research into bird populations and ecology.
Aonghais undertakes research examining the causes of changes in the abundance of waterbirds and seabirds, and potential impacts of man-made developments on their populations
Niall manages a team of seven staff undertaking pure and applied research on the UK’s waterbirds and seabirds.
Chris's principal role is undertaking research into changes in the abundance and foraging behaviour of seabirds and waterbirds in relation to both man-made impacts and environmental processes. He takes a central role in conducting and developing marine research projects at BTO.
Graham works on the design and analysis of results of national surveys of wild birds. He is responsible for the development of Wetland Bird Survey Database, Wetland Bird Survey Alerts system and Waterbird Indicators. He also researches into factors driving population trends in waterbirds.
Graham is also responsible for the development of BTO's GIS capabilities (including staff training).