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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)
Warwick-Evans V.C., Atkinson P.W., Robinson L.A. & Green J.A. 2016. Predictive modelling to identify near-shore, fine-scale seabird distributions during the breeding season. PLoS ONE 11 (part 3) Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150592)
Warwick-Evans, V., Green, J.A. & Atkinson, P.W. 2016. Survival estimates of Northern gannets Morus bassanus in Alderney: Big data but low confidence. Bird Study 63 (part 3) : 380-386
Phillimore, A.B., Leech, D.I., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Hadfield, J.D. 2016. Passerines may be sufficiently plastic to track temperature-mediated shifts in optimum lay date. Global Change Biology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13302)
Zöckler, T., Beresford, A.E., Bunting, G., Chowdhury, S.U., Clark, N.A., Kan Fu, V.W., Htin Hla, T., Morozov, V.V., Syroechkovskiy, E.E., Kashiwagi, M., Lappo, E.G., Tong, M., Long, T.L., Yu, Y-T., Huettmann, F., Akasofu, H.K., Tomida, H. & Buchanan, G.M. 2016. The winter distribution of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmaeus. Bird Conservation International Link to Article (DOI: 10.1017/S0959270915000295)
Murray, C., Minderman, J., Allison, J. & Calladine, J. 2016. Vegetation structure influences foraging decisions in a declining grassland bird: the importance of fine-scale habitat and grazing regime. Bird Study 63 (part 2) : 223-232 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2016.1180342)
Fuller, R., Marshall, M., Eversham, B., Wilkinson, P. & Wright, K. 2016. The increasing importance of monitoring wildlife responses to habitat management. British Wildlife 27 : 175-186
Sansom, A., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Douglas, D.J.T. 2016. Negative impact of wind energy development on a breeding shorebird assessed with a BACI study design. Ibis 158 (part 3) : 541-555 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12364)
McLean, N., Lawson, C.R., Leech, D.I. & van de Pol, M. 2016. Predicting when climate-driven phenotypic change affects population dynamics. Ecology Letters Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ele.12599)
Holloway, P., Miller, J.A. & Gillings, S. 2016. Incorporating movement in species distribution models: how do simulations of dispersal affect the accuracy and uncertainty of projections?. International Journal of Geographical Information Science Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2016.1158823)
Feber , R.E., Johnson, P.J., Bell, J.R., Chamberlain, D.E., Firbank, L.G., Fuller, R.J., Manley, W., Mathews, F., Norton,L.R., Townsend, M. & Macdonald, D.W. 2016. Organic Farming: Biodiversity Impacts Can Depend on Dispersal Characteristics and Landscape Context . PLOS ONE 10 (part 8) Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135921)
Stephens, P.A., Mason, L.R., Green, R.E., Gregory, R.D., Sauer, J.R., Alison, J., Aunins, A., Brotons, L., Butchart, S.H.M., Campedelli, T., Chodkiewicz, T., Chylarecki, P., Crowe, O., Elts, J., Escandell, V., Foppen, R.P.B., Heldbjerg, H., Herrando, S., Husby, M., Jiguet, F., Lehikoinen, A., Lindström, A., Noble, D.G., Paquet,J.Y., Reif,J., Sattler, T., Szép,T., Teufelbauer, N., Trautmann, S., van Strien, A.J., van Turnhout, C.A.M., Vorisek, P., Willis, S.G. 2016. Consistent response of bird populations to climate change on two continents . Science 352 American Association for the Advancement of Science : 84-87 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1126/science.aac4858)
Broughton, R.K., Burgess, M.D., Dadam, D, Hebda, G., Bellamy, P.E. & Hinsley, S.A. 2016. Morphology, geographical variation and the subspecies of Marsh Tit Poecile palustris in Britain and Central Europe. Bird Study 63 (part 1) : 58-65 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2015.1132187)
Sullivan, M.J.P., Newson, S.E. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2016. Changing densities of generalist species underlie apparent homogenization of UK bird communities. Ibis 158 (part 3) : 645-655 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12370)
Burns, F., Eaton, M.A., Barlow, K.E., Beckmann, B.C., Brereton, T., Brooks, D.R., Brown, P.M.J., Al Fulaij, N., Gent, T., Henderson, I., Noble, D.G., Parsons, M., Powney, G.D., Roy, H.E., Stroh, P., Walker, K., Wilkinson, J.W., Watton, S.R., Gregory, R.D. 2016. Agricultural management and climatic change are the major drivers of biodiversity change in the UK. PLOS ONE 11 (part 3) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151595)
Thaxter, C.B., Ross-Smith, V.H., Clark, J.A., Clark, N.A., Conway, G.J., Masden, E.A., Wade, H.M., Leat, E.H.K., Gear, S.C., Marsh, M., Booth, C., Furness, R.W., Votier, S.C. & Burton, N.H.K. 2016. Contrasting effects of GPS device and harness attachment on adult survival of Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus and Great Skuas Stercorarius skua . Ibis 158 (part 2) : 279-290 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12340)
Gilbert, N.I., Correia, R.A., Silva, J.P., Pacheco,C., Catry, I., Atkinson,P.W., Gill, J.A. & Franco, A.M.A. 2016. Are white storks addicted to junk food? Impacts of landfill use on the movement and behaviour of resident white storks (Ciconia ciconia) from a partially migratory population. Movement Ecology 4 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1186/s40462-016-0070-0)
Newson, S.E., Moran, N.J., Musgrove, A.J., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Gillings, S., Atkinson, P.W., Miller, R., Grantham, M.J. & Baillie, S.R. 2016. Long-term changes in the migration phenology of UK breeding birds detected by large-scale citizen science recording schemes. Ibis 158 (part 3) : 481-495 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12367)
Johnston, A., Robinson, R.A., Gargallo, G., Julliard, R., Van Der Jeugd, H. & Baillie, S.R. 2016. Survival of Afro-Palaearctic passerine migrants in western Europe and the impacts of seasonal weather variables. Ibis 158 (part 3) : 465-480 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12366)
Eglington, S.M., Brereton, T.M., Tayleur, C.M., Noble, D., Risely, K., Roy, D.B. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2016. Patterns and causes of covariation in bird and butterfly community structure . Landscape Ecology 30 (part 8) : 1 461-1 472 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007%2Fs10980-015-0199-z)
Blackburn, E., Burgess, M., Freeman, B., Risely, A., Izang, A., Ivande, S., Hewson, C. & Cresswell, W. 2016. An experimental evaluation of the effects of geolocator design and attachment method on between-year survival on whinchats Saxicola rubetra. Journal of Avian Biology 47 : 530-539 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/jav.00871)
Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Wright, L.J., Grant, M.C. & Douglas, D.J.T. 2016. The role of habitat change in driving Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix population declines across Scotland. Bird Study Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2015.1134439)
Ainsworth, G., Calladine, J., Martay, B., Park, K., Redpath, S., Wernham, C., Wilson, M. & Young, J. 2016. Understanding Predation. A review bringing together natural science and local knowledge of recent wild bird population changes and their drivers in Scotland. Moorland Forum View Abstract
Masden, E.A. & Cook, A.S.C.P. 2016. Avian collision risk models for wind energy impact assessments. Science Direct 56 : 43-49 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2015.09.001)
Jovani, R., Lascelles, B., Garamszegi, L. Z., Mavor, R., Thaxter, C. B. and Oro, D. 2016. Colony size and foraging range in seabirds. Oikos 125 (part 7) : 968-974 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/oik.02781)
Jørgensen, P. S., Böhning-Gaese, K., Thorup, K., Tøttrup, A. P., Chylarecki, P., Jiguet, F., Lehikoinen, A., Noble, D. G., Reif, J., Schmid, H., van Turnhout, C., Burfield, I. J., Foppen, R., Voříšek, P., van Strien, A., Gregory, R. D. & Rahbek, C. 2016. Continent-scale global change attribution in European birds - combining annual and decadal time scales. Global Change Biology 22 : 530-543 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13097)
Zeale, M.R.K., Bennitt, E., Newson, S.E., Packman, C., Browne, W.J., Harris, S., Jones, G. & Stone, E. 2016. Mitigating the Impact of Bats in Historic Churches: The Response of Natterer’s Bats Myotis nattereri to Artificial Roosts and Deterrence. PLoS ONE 11 (part 1) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146782)
Skov, H., Heinänen, S., Thaxter, C.B., Williams, A.E., Lohier, S. & Banks, A.N. 2016. Real-time species distribution models for conservation and management of natural resources in marine environments. Marine Ecology Progress Series 542 : 221-234 Link to Article (DOI: 10.3354/meps11572)
Clewley, G.D., Plummer, K.E., Robinson, R.A., Simm, C.H. & Toms, M.P. 2015. The effect of artificial lighting on the arrival time of birds using garden feeding stations in winter: A missed opportunity?. Urban Ecosystems 19 : 535-546 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007%2Fs11252-015-0516-y)
Senar, J.C., Kew, J. & Kew, A. 2015. Do Siskins have friends? An analysis of movements of Siskins in groups based on EURING recoveries. Bird Study 62 (part 4) : 566-568 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2015.1089836)
Sullivan, M.J.P., Newson, S.E. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2015. Using habitat-specific population trends to evaluate the consistency of the effect of species traits on bird population change. Biological Conservation 192 : 343-352 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.10.009)
Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Ockendon, N., Baker, D.J., Carr, J., White, E.C., Almond, R.E.A., Amano, T., Bertram, E., Bradbury, R.B., Bradley, C., Butchart, S.H.M., Doswald, N., Foden, W., Gill, D.J.C., Green, R.E., Sutherland, W.J. & Tanner, E.V.J. 2015. Geographical variation in species' population responses to changes in temperature and precipitation. Proceedings of the Royal Scoiety B early online View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1561)
Massimino, D., Johnston, A. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2015. The geographical range of British birds expands during 15 years of warming. Bird Study 62 (part 4) : 523-534 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2015.1089835)
Jørgensen, P.S., Böhning-Gaese, K., Thorup, K., Tøttrup, A.P., Chylarecki, P., Jiguet, F., Lehikoinen, A., Noble, D.G., Reif, J., Schmid, H., van Turnhout, C., Burfield, I.J., Foppen, R., Voříšek, P., van Strien, A., Gregory, R.D. & Rahbek, C. 2015. Continent-scale global change attribution in European birds - combining annual and decadal time scales. Global Change Biology early view View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13097)
Heward, C.J., Hoodless, A.N., Conway,G.J., Aebischer,N.J., Gillings, S. & Fuller, R.J. 2015. Current status and recent trend of the Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola as a breeding bird in Britain. Bird Study early online Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2015.1092497)
Johnston, A. Fink, D., Reynolds, M.D., Hochachka, W.M., Sullivan, B.L., Bruns, N.E., Hallstein, E., Merrifield,, M.S., Matsumoto, S. & Kelling, S. 2015. Abundance models improve spatial and temporal prioritization of conservation resources. Ecological Applications 25 (part 7) : 1 749-1 756 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1890/14-1826.1)
Kelling, S., Alison Johnston, A., Hochachka, W.M., Iliff, M., Fink, D., Gerbracht, J., Lagoze, C., La Sorte, F.A., Moore, T., Wiggins, A., Wong, W-K., Wood, C. & Yu, J. 2015. Can Observation Skills of Citizen Scientists Be Estimated Using Species Accumulation Curves?. PLoS ONE 10 (part 10) Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139600)
Calladine, J., Humphreys, E.M. & Boyle, J. 2015. Changes in breeding wader populations of the Uist machair between 1983 and 2014. Scottish Birds 35 (part 3) : 207-215
Harrison, P.J., Yuan, Y., Buckland, S.T., Oedekoven, C.S., Elston, D.A., Brewer, M.J., Johnston, A. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2015. Quantifying turnover in British breeding bird communities . Journal of Applied Ecology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12539 )
Plummer, K.E., Siriwardena, G.M., Conway, G.J., Risely, K. & Toms, M.P. 2015. Is supplementary feeding in gardens a driver of evolutionary change in a migratory bird species?. Global Change Biology 21 : 4 353-4 363 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13070)
Gullett, P.R., Hatchwell, B.J., Robinson, R.A. & Evans, K.L. 2015. Breeding season weather determines long-tailed tit reproductive success through impacts on recruitment . Journal of Avian Biology 46 : 441-451 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/jav.00560)
Méndez, V., Austin, G.E., Musgrove, A.J., Ross-Smith, V.H., Hearn, R.D., Stroud, D.A., Wotton, S.R. & Chas A. Holt, C.A. 2015. Use of environmental stratification to derive non-breeding population estimates of dispersed waterbirds in Great Britain. Journal for Nature Conservation Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2015.09.001)
Calladine, J. 2015. Multi-scale associations with habitat, land use and change: Opportunities and limitations for Whinchats Saxicola rubetra in the uplands of Scotland. Book title: Living on the edge of extinction in Europe. Proceedings of the first European Whinchat Symposium : 205-212
Ouwehand, J., Ahola. M.P., Ausems, A.N.M.A., Bridge, E.S., Burgess, M., Hahn, S., Hewson, C.M., Klaassen, R.H.G., Laaksonen, T., Lampe, H.M., W. Velmala, W. & C. Both, C. 2015. Light-level geolocators reveal migratory connectivity in European populations of pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca. Journal of Avian Biology View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/jav.00721)
Stone, E., Zeale, M.R.K., Newson S.E., Browne, W.J., Harris, S. & Jones, G. 2015. Managing Conflict between Bats and Humans: The Response of Soprano Pipistrelles (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) to Exclusion from Roosts in Houses. PLOS ONE 10 (part 8) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131825)
Tayleur, C., Caplat, P., Massimino, D., Johnston, A., Jonzén, N., Smith, H.G. & Lindström, Å. 2015. Swedish birds are tracking temperature but not rainfall: evidence from a decade of abundance changes. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24 : 859-872 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/geb.12308)