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Thatxter, C.B., Ross-Smith, V.H., Bouten, W., Masden, E.A., Clark, N.A., Conway, G.J., Barber, L., Clewley, G.D. & Burton, N.H.K. 2018. Dodging the blades: new insights into three-dimensional space use of offshore wind farms by lesser black-backed gulls Larus fuscus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 587 : 247-253 Link to Article (DOI: 10.3354/meps12415)
Border, J.A., Atkinson, L.R., Henderson, I.G., Hartley, I.R. 2017. Nest monitoring does not affect nesting success of Whinchats Saxicola rubetra. IBIS Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12574)
Franks, S.E., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Atkinson, S., Bell, J.R., Botham, M.S., Brereton, T.M., Harrington, R. & Leech, D.I. 2017. The sensitivity of breeding songbirds to change in seasonal timing is linked to population change but cannot be directly attributed to the effects of trophic asynchrony on productivity. . Global Change Biology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13960)
Newson, S. E., Evans, H. E., Gillings, S.G., Jarret, D., Raynor, R., Wilson, M. W. 2017. Large-scale citizen science improves assessment of risk posed by wind farms to bats in southern Scotland. Biological Conservation 215 : 61-71 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.09.004)
Massimino, D., Johnston, A., Gillings, S., Jiguet, F. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2017. Projected reductions in climatic suitability for vulnerable British Birds.. Climatic Change Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10584-017-2081-2)
Metcalfe, K., Collins, T., Abernethy, K. E., Boumba, R., Dengui, J.-C., Miyalou, R., Parnell, R. J., Plummer, K. E., Russell, D. J.F., Safou, G. K., Tilley, D., Turner, R. A., VanLeeuwe, H., Witt, M. J. & Godley, B. J. 2017. Addressing Uncertainty in Marine Resource Management; Combining Community Engagement and Tracking Technology to Characterize Human Behavior. Conservation Letters 10 : 460-469 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/conl.12293)
O'Brien, S.H., Cook, A.S.C.P. & Robinson, R.A. 2017. Implicit assumptions underlying simple harvest models of marine bird populations can mislead environmental management decisions. Journal of Environmental Management 201 : 163-171 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.06.037)
Méndez, V., Gill, J.A., Alves, J.A., Burton, N.H.K. & Davies, R.G. 2017. Consequences of population change for local abundance and site occupancy of wintering waterbirds. Diversity and Distributions : 1 472-4 642 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12653)
Thaxter, C.B., Buchanan, G.M., Carr, J., Butchart, S.H.M., Newbold, T., Green, R.E., Tobias, J.A., Foden, W.B., O'Brien, S. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2017. Bird and bat species' global vulnerability to collision mortality with wind farms revealed through a trait-based assessment.. Proc. R. Soc. B. 284 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0829)
Franks, S.E., Douglas, D.J.T., Gillings, S. & Pearce-Higgings, J.W. 2017. Environmental correlates of breeding abundance and population change of Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata in Britain. Bird Study 64 (part 3) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2017.1359233)
Stanbury, A., Brown, A., Eaton, M., Aebischer, N., Gillings, S., Hearn, R., Noble, D., Stroud, D. & Gregory, R. 2017. The risk of extinction for birds in Great Britain. British Birds 110 : 502-517
Border, J.A., Henderson, I.G., Ash, D. & Hartley, I.R. 2017. Characterising demographic contributions to observed population change in a declining migrant bird. Journal of Avian Biology 48 : 1-11 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/jav.01305)
Blackburn, E., Burgess, M., Freeman, B., Risely, A., Izang, A., Ivande, S., Hewson, C. & Cresswell, W. 2017. Low and annually variable migratory connectivity in a long-distance migrant: Whinchats Saxicola rubetra may show a bet-hedging strategy. Ibis View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12509)
Calladine, J., Jarrett, D., Wilson, M. & Edwards, C. 2017. Stand structure and breeding birds in managed Scots pine forests: Some likely long-term implications for continuous cover forestry. Forest Ecology and Management 397 : 174-184 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2017.04.039)
Elston, D.A., Brewer, M.J., Martay, B., Johnston, A., Henrys, P.A., Bell, J.R., Harrington, R., Monteith, D., Brereton, T.M., Boughey, K.L., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2017. A New Approach to Modelling the Relationship Between Annual Population Abundance Indices and Weather Data. Journal of Agriculture, Biological and Environmental Statistics : 1-19 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s13253-017-0287-4)
Grafius, D.R., Corstanje, R., Siriwardena, G.M., Plummer, K.E. & Harris, J.A. 2017. A bird's eye view: using circuit theory to study urban landscape connectivity for birds. Landscape Ecology 32 : 1 771-1 787 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10980-017-0548-1)
Sutherland W.J., Clements A., McDevitt, A.-M., Harper M., Herkenrath P., Prichard S., Margerison C., Monk K.A., Thompson D.B.A. 2017. What are the forthcoming legislative issues of interest to ecologists and conservationists in 2012?. Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 43 (part 1) : 12-19 View Abstract
Thaxter, C.B., Clark, N.A., Ross-Smith, V.H., Conway, G.J., Bouten, W. & Burton, N.K.H. 2017. Sample size required to characterize area use of tracked seabirds . The Journal of Wildlife Management Wiley View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21283)
Bell, S.C., El Harouchi, M., Hewson, C.M. & Burgess, M.D. 2017. No short- or long-term effects of geolocator attachment detected in Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca. Ibis View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12493)
Worthington-Hill, J. & Conway, G. 2017. Tawny Owl Strix aluco response to call-broadcasting and implications for survey design. Bird Study 64 (part 2) : 205-210 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2017.1315047)
M.V. Bell, Calladine, J. 2017. The decline of a population of farmland breeding waders: a twenty-five-year case study. Bird Study 64 (part 2) : 264-273 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2017.1319903)
Calladine, J., Humphreys, E.M., Gilbert, L., Furness, R.W., Robinson, R.A., Fuller, R.J., Littlewood, N.A., Pakeman, R.J., Ferguson, J. & Thompson, C. 2017. <h1 lang="en">Continuing influences of introduced hedgehogs Erinaceus europaeus as a predator of wader (Charadrii) eggs four decades after their release on the Outer Hebrides, Scotland</h1>. Biological Invasions 19 : 1 981-1 987 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10530-017-1422-4)
Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Brown, D.J., Douglas, D.J.T., Alves, J.A., Bellio, M., Bocher, P., Buchanan, G.M., Clay, R.P., Conklin, J., Crockford, N., Dann, P., Elts, J., Friis, C., Fuller, R.A., Gill, J.A., Gosbell, K., Johson, J.A., Marquez-Ferrando, R., Masero, J.A., Melville, D.S., Millington, S., Minton, C., Mundkur, T., Nol, E., Pehlak, H., Piersma, T., Robin, F., Rogers, D.I., Ruthrauff, D.R., Senner, N.R., Shah, J.N., Sheldon, R.D., Soloviev, S.A., Tomkovich, P.S. & Verkuil, Y.I. 2017. A global threats overview for Numeniini populations: synthesising expert knowledge for a group of declining migratory birds . Bird Conservation International 27 : 6-34 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1017/S0959270916000678)
Border, J.A., Newson, S.E., White, D.C.J. & Gillings, S. 2017. Predicting the likely impact of urbanisation on bat populations using citizen science data, a case study for Norfolk, UK. Landscape and Urban Planning 162 : 44-55 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.02.005)
Evens, R., Conway, G. J., Henderson, I. G., Creswell, B., Jiguet, F., Moussy, C., Sénécal, D., Witters, N., Beenaerts, N. & Artois, T. 2017. Migratory pathways, stopover zones and wintering destinations of Western European Nightjars Caprimulgus europaeus. Ibis Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12469)
Newson, S. E., Bas, Y., Murray, A. & Gillings, S. 2017. Potential for coupling the monitoring of bush-crickets with established large-scale acoustic monitoring of bats. Methods in Ecology and Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12720)
Baker, D. J., Hartley, A. J., Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Jones, R. G., & Willis, S. G. 2017. Neglected issues in using weather and climate information in ecology and biogeography. Diversity & Distributions Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12527)
Cox, D.T.C., Shanahan, D.F., Hudson, H.L., Plummer, K.E., Siriwardena, G.M., Fuller, R.A., Anderson, K., Hancock, S. & Gaston, K.J. 2017. Doses of neighborhood nature: the benefits for mental health of living with nature. BioScience 67 (part 2) : 147-155 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biw173)
Oliver, T. H., Gillings, S., Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Brereton, T., Crick, H. Q. P., Duffield, S. J., Morecroft, M. D. & Roy, D. B. 2017. Large extents of intensive land use limit community reorganization during climate warming. Global Change Biology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13587)
Cook, A.S.C.P. & Robinson, R.A. 2017. Towards a framework for quantifying the population-level consequences of anthropogenic pressures on the environment: The case of seabirds and windfarms. Journal of Environmental Management 190 : 113-121 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.12.025)
Morley, T.I., Fayet, A.L., Jessop, H., Veron, P., Veron, N., Clark, J.A., Wood, M.J. 2016. The seabird wreck in the Bay of Biscay and South-Western Approaches in 2014: A review of reported mortality. Seabird 29 : 22-38 View Abstract
Mcmahon, B.J., Purvis, G., Sheridan, H., Siriwardena, G.M. & Parnell, A.C. 2016. A novel method for quantifying overdispersion in count data and its application to farmland birds. Ibis Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12450)
Martay, B., Monteith, D.T., Brewer, M.J., Brereton, T., Shortall, C.R. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2016. An indicator highlights seasonal variation in the response of Lepidoptera communities to warming. Ecological Indicators 68 : 126-133 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.01.057)
Horswill, C., O'Brien, S. & Robinson, R.A. 2016. Density-dependence and marine bird populations: Are wind farm assessments precautionary?. Journal of Applied Ecology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12841)
Border, J. A., Henderson, I. G., Redhead, J. W. & Hartley, I. R. 2016. Habitat selection by breeding Whinchats Saxicola rubetra at territory and landscape scales.. Ibis 159 : 139-151 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12433)
Morrison, C.A., Robinson, R.A., Butler, S.J., Clark, J.A. & Gill, J.A. 2016. Demographic drivers of decline and recovery in an Afro-Palaearctic migratory bird population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283 (part 1 842) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1387)
Miller, M. W., Leech, D. I., Pearce-Higgins, J. W. & Robinson, R. A. 2016. Multi-state multi-stage modeling of nest-success suggests interaction between weather and land-use. Ecology 98 : 175-186 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1629)
Martay, B., Brewer, M.J., Elston, D.A., Bell, J.R., Harrington, R., Brereton, T.M., Barlow, K.E., Botham, M.S. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2016. Impacts of climate change on national biodiversity population trends. Ecography View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ecog.02411)
Kosmider, R., Smith, J., Gillings, S., Snow, L., Breed, A.C., Irvine, R.M. & Hill, A. 2016. Updated risk of H5N1 HPAI incursion to poultry in Great Britain via wild birds. Veterinary Record Link to Article (DOI: 10.1136/vr.103700)
Plummer, K.E., Hale, J.D., O’Callaghan, M.J., Sadler, J.P. & Siriwardena, G.M. 2016. Investigating the impact of street lighting changes on garden moth communities. Journal of Urban Ecology 2 (part 1) Link to Article (DOI: 10.1093/jue/juw004)
Ross-Smith, V.H., Thaxter, C.B., Masden, E.A., Shamoun-Baranes, J., Burton, N.H.K., Wright, L.J., Rehfisch, M.M. & Johnston, A. 2016. Modelling flight heights of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Great Skuas from GPS: a Bayesian approach. Journal of Applied Ecology 53 (part 6) Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12760)
Hewson, C.M., Thorup, K., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Atkinson, P.W. 2016. Population decline is linked to migration route in the Common Cuckoo, a long-distance nocturnally-migrating bird. Nature Communications Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12296)
Rock, P., Camphuysen, C.J., Shamoun-Baranes, J., Ross-Smith, V.H. & Vaughan, I.P. 2016. Results from the first GPS tracking of roof-nesting Herring Gulls Larus argentatus in the UK. Ringing & Migration 31 (part 1) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2016.1197698)
Morrison, C.A., Robinson, R.A, Clark, J.A. & Gill, J.A. 2016. Causes and consequences of spatial variation in sex ratios in declining bird species. Journal of Animal Ecology 85 : 1 298-1 306 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12556)
Thackeray, S.J., Helaouet, P., Johns, D.G., Jones, I.D., Bacon, P.J., Brereton, T.M., Carvalho, L., Clutton-Brock, T.H., Duck, C., Edwards, M., Elliott, J.M., Hall, S.J.G., Harrington, R., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Pemberton, J.M., Sparks, T.H., Thompson, P.M., White, I., Winfield, I.J., Henrys, P.A., Hemming, D., Leech, D.I., Bell, J.R., Botham, M.S., Burthe, S., Mackay, E.B., Massimino, D., Høye, T.T., Kruuk, L.E.B., Wanless, S. & Atkinson, S. 2016. Phenological sensitivity to climate across taxa and trophic levels. Nature View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/nature18608)
Morrison, C.A., Robinson, R.A., & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2016. Winter wren populations show adaptation to local climate. Royal Society of Open Science View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160250)
Dyer, R.J., Gillings, S., Pywell, R.F., Fox, R., Roy, D.B. & Oliver, T.H. 2016. Developing a biodiversity-based indicator for large-scale environmental assessment: a case study of proposed shale gas extraction sites in Britain. Journal of Applied Ecology
Clewley, G.D., Norfolk, D.L., Leech, D.I. & Balmer, D.E. 2016. Playback survey trial for the Little Owl Athene noctua in the UK. Bird Study 63 (part 2) : 268-272 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2016.1180344)
Warwick-Evans, V., Atkinson, P.W., Arnould, J.P.Y., Gauvain, R., Soanes, L., Robinson, L., & Green J.A. 2016. Changes in behaviour drive inter-annual variability in the at-sea distribution of northern gannets . Marine Biology 163 (part 7) Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s00227-016-2922-y)

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