Peer-reviewed papers

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It is BTO’s policy to make public the results of our research. Our aim is to publish as much as possible of our work in the peer reviewed scientific literature.  Many results are also published in our BTO Research Report series.

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
Morrison, C.A., Robinson, R.A., Clark, J.A., Leech, D.I. & Gill, J.A. 2015. Season-long consequences of shifts in timing of breeding for productivity in Willow Warblers, Phylloscopus trochilus. Bird Study 62 (part 2) : 161-169 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2015.1006575)
Gillingham, P. K., Bradbury, R. B., Roy, D. B., Anderson, B. J., Baxter, J. M., Bourn, N. A. D., Crick, H. Q. P., Findon, R. A., Fox, R., Franco, A., Hill, J. K., Hodgson, J. A., Holt, A. R., Morecroft, M. D., O'Hanlon, N. J., Oliver, T. H., Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Procter, D. A., Thomas, J. A., Walker, K. J., Walmsley, C. A., Wilson, R. J. and Thomas, C. D. 2015. The effectiveness of protected areas in the conservation of species with changing geographical ranges. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 115 (part 3) : 707-717 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/bij.12506)
Burgess, M.D., Bellamy, P.E., Gillings, S., Noble, D., Grice, P.V. & Conway, G.J. 2015. The impact of changing habitat availability on population trends of woodland birds associated with early successional plantation woodland. Bird Study 62 (part 1) : 39-55 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2014.998622)
Van de Pol, M., Atkinson, P.W., Blew, J., Duriez, O.P.M.B., Ens, J., Hälterlein, B., Hötker, H., Laursen, K., Oosterbeek, K.H., Petersen A., Thorup, O., Tjørve, K., Triplet, P., Yésou, P. 2014. A global assessment of the conservation status of the nominate subspecies of Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus ostralegus). International Wader Studies 20 : 47-61 View Abstract
Newson, S.E., Ross-Smith,V., Evans, I.,Harold, R.,Miller, R. & Barlow,K. 2014. Bat-monitoring: a novel approach. British Wildlife 25 : 264-269
De Lima, R.F., Viegas, L., Solé, N., Soares, E., Dallimer, M., Atkinson, P.W. & Barlow, J. 2014. Can management improve the value of shade plantations for the endemic species of São Tomé Island?. Biotropica 46 : 238-244 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/btp.12092)
Gill, J.A., Alves, J.A., Sutherland, W.J., Appleton, G.F., Potts, P.M. & Gunnarsson, T.G. 2014. Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences 281
Roy, H.E., Peyton. J., Aldridge, D.C., Bantock, T., Blackburn, T.M., Britton, R., Clark, P., Cook, E., Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Dines, T., Dobson, M., Edwards, F., Harrower, C., Harvey, M.C., Minchin, D., Noble, D.G., Parrott, D., Pocock, M.J.O., Preston, C.D., Roy, S., Salisbury, A., Schönrogge, A., Sewell, J., Shaw, R.H., Stebbing, P., Stewart, A.J.A. & Walker, K.J. 2014. <p>Horizon scanning for invasive alien species with the potential to threaten biodiversity in Great Britain</p> . Global Change Biology 20 (part 12) : 3 859-3 871 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12603)
Thaxter, C.B., Ross-Smith, V.H., Clark, J.A., Clark, N.A., Conway, G.J., Marsh, M., Leat, E.H.K. & Burton, N.H.K. 2014. A trial of three harness attachment methods and their suitability for long-term use on Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Great Skuas. Ringing & Migration 29 (part 2) : 65-76 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2014.995546)
Renwick, A.R., Vickery, J.A., Potts, S.G., Bolwig, S., Nalwanga, D., Pomeroy, D.E., Mushabe, D. & Atkinson, P.W. 2014. Achieving production and conservation simultaneously in tropical agricultural landscapes. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 192 : 130-134 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2014.04.011)
Harrison, P.J., Buckland, S.T., Yuan, Y., Elston, D.A., Brewer, M.J., Johnston, A. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2014. Assessing trends in biodiversity over space and time using the example of British breeding birds. Journal of Applied Ecology 51 (part 6) : 1 650-1 660 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12316)
Storkey, J., Holland, J.M., Henderson, I.G., Lutman, P.J.W., Orson, J., Baverstock, J. & Pell, J.K. 2014. Balancing food production and biodiversity Conservation in arable landscapes: lessons from the Farm4bio experiment.. 26 (part 4) : 252-256 View Abstract
Newson, S.E., Oliver, T.H., Gillings, S., Crick, H.Q.P., Morecroft, M.D., Duffield, S.J., Macgregor, N.A. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2014. Can site and landscape-scale environmental attributes buffer bird populations against weather events?. Ecography 37 (part 9) : 872-882 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ecog.00575)
Finch, T., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Leech, D.I. & Evans, K.L. 2014. Carry-over effects from passage regions are more important than breeding climate in determining the breeding phenology and performance of three avian migrants of conservation concern. Biodiversity and Conservation 23 (part 10) : 2 427-2 444 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10531-014-0731-5)
Calladine, J., Pakeman, R.J., Humphreys, E., Huband, S. & Fuller, R.J. 2014. Changes in breeding wader assemblages, vegetation and land use within machair environments over three decades. Bird Study 61 (part 3) : 287-300 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2014.917604)
Gullett, P., Evans, K.L., Robinson, R.A. & Hatchwell, B.J. 2014. Climate change and annual survival in a temperate passerine: partitioning seasonal effects and predicting future patterns. Oikos 123 : 389-400 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2013.00620.x)
Calladine, J., Critchley, C.N.R., Baker, D., Towers, J. & Thiel, A. 2014. Conservation management of moorland: a case study of the effectiveness of a combined suite of management prescriptions which aim to enhance breeding bird populations. Bird Study 61 (part 1) : 56-72 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.876615)
Atkinson, P.W., Adams, W.M., Brouwer, J., Buchanan, G., Cheke, R.A., Cresswell, W., Hewson, C.M., Hulme, M.F., Manvell, A., Sheehan, D.K., Small, R.D.S., Sutherland, W.J. & Vickery, J.A. 2014. Defining the key wintering habitats in the Sahel for declining African-Eurasian migrants using expert assessment. Bird Conservation International 24 (part 4) : 477-491 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1017/S0959270913000531)
Gillings, S., Balmer, D.E. & Fuller, R.J. 2014. Directionality of recent bird distribution shifts and climate change in Great Britain. Global Change Biology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12823)
Lawson, B., de Pinna, E., Horton, R., Macgregor, S.K., John, S.K., Chantrey, J., Duff, P., Kirkwood, J.K., Simpson, V., Robinson, R.A., Wain, J., Cunningham, A.A. 2014. Epidemiological Evidence That Garden Birds Are a Source of Human Salmonellosis in England and Wales. PLOS ONE 5 (part 8) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0088968)
Minderman, J., Fuentes-Montemayor, E., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Pendlebury, C.J. & Park, K.J. 2014. Estimates and correlates of bird and bat mortality at small wind turbine sites. Biodiversity and Conservation View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10531-014-0826-z)
Henderson, I., Calladine, J., Massimino, D., Taylor, J.A. & Gillings, S. 2014. Evidence for contrasting causes of population change in two closely related, sympatric breeding species the Whinchat Saxicola rubetra and Stonechat Saxicola torquata in Britain. Bird Study 61 (part 4) : 553-565 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2014.962482)
Holt, C.A., Fuller, R.J. & Dolman, P.M. 2014. Exclusion of deer affects responses of birds to woodland regeneration in winter and summer. Ibis 156 (part 1) : 116-131 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12096)
Gillings, S. 2014. Forty years of distribution change in the uplands: insights from atlases. Book title: Ecology and conservation of birds in upland and alpine habitats: Proceedings of the BOU Annual Conference held at the University of Leicester, 1-3 April 2014 BOU View Abstract
Roy, H.E., Preston, C.D., Harrower, C.A., Rorke, S.L., Noble, D., Sewell, J., Walker, K., Marchant, J., Seeley, B., Bishop, J., Jukes, A., Musgrove, A., Pearman, D. & Booy, O. 2014. GB Non-native Species Information Portal: documenting the arrival of non-native species in Britain. Biological Invasions 16 (part 12) : 2 495-2 505 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10530-014-0687-0)
Crowe, O., Musgrove, A.J. & O'Halloran, J. 2014. Generating population estimates for common and widespread breeding birds in Ireland. Bird Study 61 (part 1) : 82-90 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.868401)
Buchanan, G.M., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Grant, M.C. 2014. Grazing and moorland birds. Book title: Ecology and conservation of birds in upland and alpine habitats: Proceedings of the BOU Annual Conference held at the University of Leicester, 1-3 April 2014 BOU View Abstract
Wade, H.M., Masden, E.A., Jackson, A.C., Thaxter, C.B., Burton, N.H.K., Bouten, W. & Furness, R.W. 2014. Great skua (Stercorarius skua) movements at sea in relation to marine renewable energy developments. Marine Environmental Research View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2014.09.003)
Siriwardena, G.M., Baillie, S.R., Fuller, R.J. & Robinson, R.A. 2014. How can functional space for farmland birds best be studied? A comment on Butler and Norris (2013). Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 192 : 8-11 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2014.03.032)
Carroll, M., Dennis, P., Ewing, S., Heinemeyer, A., Pearce-Higgins, J. & Thomas, C. 2014. Impacts of drainage and climate change on keystone insects and upland breeding birds. Book title: Ecology and conservation of birds in upland and alpine habitats: Proceedings of the BOU Annual Conference held at the University of Leicester, 1-3 April 2014 BOU View Abstract
Howard, C., Stephens, P.A., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Gregory, R.D. & Willis, S.G. 2014. Improving species distribution models: the value of data on abundance. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5 (part 6) : 506-513 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12184)
Cook, A.S.C.P., Dadam, D., Mitchell, I., Ross-Smith, V.H. & Robinson, R.A. 2014. Indicators of seabird reproductive performance demonstrate the impact of commercial fisheries on seabird populations in the North Sea. Ecological Indicators 38 : 1-11 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.10.027)
Robinson, R.A., Morrison, C.A. & Baillie, S.R. 2014. Integrating demographic data: towards a framework for monitoring wildlife populations at large spatial scales. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5 (part 12) : 1 361-1 372 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12204)
Korner-Nievergelt, F. & Robinson, R.A. 2014. Introducing the R-package 'birdring'. Ringing & Migration 29 (part 1) : 51-61 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2014.933053)
Fuller, R. & Calladine, J. 2014. Landscape transition through natural processes: implications for biodiversity of tree regeneration on moorland. Book title: Ecology and conservation of birds in upland and alpine habitats: Proceedings of the BOU Annual Conference held at the University of Leicester, 1-3 April 2014 BOU View Abstract
Thorup, K., Korner-Nievergelt, F., Cohen, E.B. & Baillie, S.R. 2014. Large-scale spatial analysis of ringing and re-encounter data to infer movement patterns: A review including methodological perspectives. Methods in Ecology and Evolution View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12258)
Eglington, S.M., Julliard, R., Gargallo, G., van der Jeugd, H.P., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Baillie, S.R. & Robinson, R.A. 2014. Latitudinal gradients in the productivity of European migrant warblers have not shifted northwards during a period of climate change. Global Ecology and Biogeography View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/geb.12267)
Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Kasoar, T., Buchanan, G.M., Chamberlain, D.E. & Thomson, D. 2014. Looking forward and looking back: drivers of change in European alpine and upland bird populations. Book title: Ecology and conservation of birds in upland and alpine habitats: Proceedings of the BOU Annual Conference held at the University of Leicester, 1-3 April 2014 BOU View Abstract
Ockendon, N., Baker, D.J., Carr, J.A., 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. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2014. Mechanisms underpinning climatic impacts on natural populations: altered species interactions are more important than direct effects. Global Change Biology 20 : 2 221-2 229 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12559)
Johnston, A., Cook, A.S.C.P., Wright, L.J., Humphreys, E.M. & Burton, N.H.K. 2014. Modelling flight heights of marine birds to more accurately assess collision risk with offshore wind turbines. Journal of Applied Ecology 51 (part 1) : 31-41 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12191)
Ambrosini, R., Borgoni, R., Rubolini, D., Sicurella, B., Fiedler, W., Bairlein, F., Baillie, S.R., Robinson, R.A., Clark, J.A., Spina, F. & Saino, N. 2014. Modelling the Progression of Bird Migration with Conditional Autoregressive Models Applied to Ringing Data. PLOS ONE 9 (part 7) Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102440)
Ockendon, N., Johnston, A. & Baillie, S.R. 2014. Rainfall on wintering grounds affects population change in many species of Afro-Palaearctic migrants. Journal of Ornithology View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-014-1073-5)
Douglas, D.J.T. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2014. Relative importance of prey abundance and habitat structure as drivers of shorebird breeding success and abundance. Animal Conservation Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/acv.12119)
Maclean, I.M.D., Inger, R., Benson, D., Booth, C.G., Embling, C.B., Grecian, W.J., Heymans, J.J., Plummer, K.E., Shackshaft, M., Sparling, C., Wilson, B., Wright, L.J., Bradbury, G., Christen, N., Godley, B.J., Jackson, A., McCluskie, A., Nichols-Lee, R. & Bearhop, S 2014. Resolving issues with environmental impact assessment of marine renewable energy installations. Frontiers in Marine Science 1 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2014.00075)
Royan, A., Hannah, D.M., Reynolds, S.J., Noble, D.G. & Sadler, J.P 2014. River birds' response to hydrological extremes: new vulnerability index and conservation implications. Biological Conservation 177 : 64-73 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.06.017)
Clark, N., Pain, D. & Green, R. 2014. Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper: an update on the conservation programme. British Birds 107 : 467-475
Johnston, A., Newson, S.E., Risely, K., Musgrove, A.J., Massimino, D., Baillie, S.R. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2014. Species traits explain variation in detectability of UK birds. Bird Study 61 (part 3) : 340-350 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2014.941787)