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.

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
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)