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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)
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. 2015. 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)
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)
Mason, S.C., Palmer, G., Fox, R., Gillings, S., Hill, J.K., Thomas, C.D. & Oliver, T.H. 2015. Geographical range margins of many taxonomic groups continue to shift polewards. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 115 (part 3) : 586-597 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/bij.12574)
Kirby, W.B., Bellamy, P.E., Stanbury, A.J., Andrew J. Bladon, A.J, Grice, P.V. & Gillings, S. 2015. Breeding season habitat associations and population declines of British Hawfinches Coccothraustes coccothraustes. Bird Study 62 (part 3) : 348-357 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2015.1046368)
Newson, S.E., Evans, H.E. & Gillings, S. 2015. A novel citizen science approach for large-scale standardised monitoring of bat activity and distribution, evaluated in eastern England. Biological Conservation 191 : 38-49 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.06.009)
Gunnarsson, T.G., Arnalds, O., Appleton, G., Méndez, V. & Gill, G.A. 2015. Ecosystem recharge by volcanic dust drives broad-scale variation in bird abundance. Ecology and Evolution 5 (part 12) : 2 386-2 396 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1523)
Warwick-Evans, V., Atkinson, P.W., Gauvain, R.D., Robinson, L.A., Arnould, J.P.Y. & Green, J.A. 2015. Time-in-area represents foraging activity in a wide-ranging pelagic forager. Marine Ecology Progress Series 527 : 233-246 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.3354/meps11262)
Dondina, O., Orioli. V., Massimino, D., Pinoli, G. & Bani, L. 2015. A method to evaluate the combined effect of tree species composition and woodland structure on indicator birds. Ecological Indicators 55 : 44-51 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.03.007)
Roy, H.E., Rorke, S.L., Beckmann, B., Booy, O., Botham, M.S., Brown, P.M.J., Harrower, C., Noble, D., Sewell, J. & Walker, K. 2015. The contribution of volunteer recorders to our understanding of biological invasions. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 115 (part 3) : 678-689 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/bij.12518)
Catry, P., Lecoq, M., Araújo, A., Conway, G., Felgueiras, M., King, J.M.B., Rumsey, S., Salima, H. & Tenreiro, P. 2015. Differential migration of chiffchaffs (Phylloscopus collybita and Phylloscopus ibericus) in Europe and Africa. Journal of Avian Biology 36 : 184-190 Link to Article (DOI: 10.13157/arla.62.2.2015.237)
Thaxter, C.B., Ross-Smith, V.H., Bouten, W., Clark, N.A., Conway, G.J., Rehfisch, M.M. & Burton, N.H.K., 2015. Seabird–wind farm interactions during the breeding season vary within and between years: A case study of lesser black-backed gull Larus fuscus in the UK. Biological Conservation 186 (part 2 015) : 347-358 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.03.027)
Clark, N.A. & Clark, J.A. 2015. A method of making robust and effective decoys for trapping waders using dead birds. Wader Study Group Bulletin 122 (part 1) : 31-36 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.18194/ws.00008)
Finch, T., Saunders, P., Avilés, J.M., Bermejo, A., Catry, I, de la Puente, J., Emmenegger, T., Mardega, I., Mayet, P., Parejo, D., Račinskis, E, Rodríguez-Ruiz, J., Sackl, P., Schwartz, T., Tiefenbach, M., Valera, F., Hewson, C., Franco, A. and Butler, S.J. 2015. A pan-European, multipopulation assessment of migratory connectivity in a near-threatened migrant bird. Diversity and Distributions View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12345)
Ausden, M., Bradbury, R., Brown, A., Eaton, M., Lock, L. & Pearce-Higgins, J. 2015. Climate change and Britain's wildlife: what might we expect?. British Wildlife 26 (part 3) : 161-174
Pavon-Jordan, D., Fox, A.D., Clausen, P., Dagys, M., Deceuninck, B., Devos, K., Hearn, R.D., Holt, C.A., Hornman, M., Keller, V., Langendoen, T., Ławicki, Ł., Lorentsen, S.H., Luigujoe, L., Meissner, W., Musil, P., Nilsson, L., Paquet, J-Y., Stipniece, A., Stroud, D.A., Wahl, J., Zenatello, M. & Lehikoinen, A. 2015. Climate-driven changes in winter abundance of a migratory waterbird in relation to EU protected areas. Diversity and Distributions 21 (part 5) : 571-582 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12300)
Royan, A., Prudhomme, C., Hannah, D.M., Reynolds, S.J., Noble, D.G., & Sadler, J.P. 2015. Climate-induced changes in river flow regimes will alter future bird distributions. Ecosphere 6 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1890/ES14-00245.1)
Calladine, J., Bray, J., Broome, A. & Fuller, R.J 2015. Comparison of breeding bird assemblages in conifer plantations managed by continuous cover forestry and clearfelling. Forest Ecology and Management 344 : 20-29 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2015.02.017)
Pocock, M.J.O., Newson, S.E., Henderson, I.G., Peyton, J., Sutherland, W.J., Noble, D.G., Ball, S.G., Beckmann, B.C., Biggs, J., BreretonT., Bullock, D.J., Buckland, S.T., Edwards, M., Eaton, M.A., Harvey, M.C., Hill, M.O., Horlock, M., Hubble, D.S., Julian, A.M., Mackey, E.C., Mann, D.J., Marshall, M.J., Medlock, J.M., O'Mahony, E.M., Pacheco, M., Porter. K., Prentice, S., Procter, D.A., Roy, H.E., Southway, S.E., Shortall, C.R., Stewart, A.J.A., Wembridge, D.E., Wright, M.A. & Roy, D.B. 2015. Developing and enhancing biodiversity monitoring programmes: a collaborative assessment of priorities. Journal of Applied Ecology 52 (part 3) : 686-695 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12423)
Gillings, S., Balmer, D.E. & Fuller, R.J. 2015. Directionality of recent bird distribution shifts and climate change in Great Britain. Global Change Biology View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12823)
Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Eglington, S.M., Martay, B. & Chamberlain, D.E. 2015. Drivers of climate change impacts on bird communities. Journal of Animal Ecology 84 (part 4) British Ecological Society : 943-954 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12364)
Sullivan, M.J.P., Newson, S.E. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2015. Evidence for the buffer effect operating in multiple species at a national scale. Biology Letters 11 (part 1) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0930)
Morrison, C. A., Baillie, S. R., Clark, J. A., Johnston, A., Leech, D. I., Robinson, R. A. 2015. Flexibility in the timing of post-breeding moult in passerines in the UK. Ibis 157 (part 2) : 340-350 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12234)
Sharps, K., Henderson, I., Conway, G., Armour-Chelu, N. & Dolman, P.M. 2015. Home-range size and habitat use of European Nightjars Caprimulgus europaeus nesting in a complex plantation-forest landscape. Ibis 157 (part 2) : 260-272 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12251)
Eglington, S. M., Julliard, R., Gargallo, G., van der Jeugd, H. P., Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Baillie, S. R. and Robinson, R. A. 2015. Latitudinal gradients in the productivity of European migrant warblers have not shifted northwards during a period of climate change. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24 : 427-436 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/geb.12267)
Johnston, A., Thaxter, C.B., Austin, G.E., Cook, A.S.C.P., Humphreys, E.M., Still, D.A., Mackay, A., Irvine, R., Webb, A. & Burton, N.H.K. 2015. Modelling the abundance and distribution of marine birds accounting for uncertain species identification. Journal of Applied Ecology 52 (part 1) : 150-160 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12364)
Massimino, D., Johnston, A., Noble, D.G. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2015. Multi-species spatially-explicit indicators reveal spatially structured trends in bird communities. Ecological Indicators 58 Elsevier : 277-285 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.06.001)
Bessell, P.R., Robinson, R.A., Golding, N., Searle, K.R., Handel, I.G., Boden, L.A., Purse, B.V. & de C. Bronsvoort, B.M. 2015. Quantifying the risk of introduction of West Nile Virus into Great Britain by migrating passerine birds. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/tbed.12310)
Roos, S., Noble, D., Dobson, A., Howarth, P., Fielding, A., Carrington-Cotton, A., Etheridge, B. & Wernham, C. 2015. Raptors in Scotland – a methodology for developing trends and indicators. SNH Commissioned Report 542 Scottish Natural Heritage

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