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.

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)
Wynn, R., Brown, D., Thomas, G., Holt, C., Are Hanssen, S., Moe, B. & Gilg, O. 2014. Spring migration routes of Long-tailed Skuas around and across the UK - results of observational and tracking data. British Birds 107 : 220-228 View Abstract
Savidge, G., Ainsworth, D., Bearhop, S., Christen, N., Elsaesser, B., Fortune, F. , Inger, R., Kennedy, R., McRobert, A., Plummer, K.E., Pritchard, D.W., Sparling, C.E. & Whittaker, T.J.T. 2014. Strangford Lough and the SeaGen Tidal Turbine. Book title: Marine Renewable Energy Technology and Environmental Interactions(Humanity and the Sea) Springer : 153-172
Rapacciuolo, G., Roy, D.B., Gillings, S. & Purvis, A. 2014. Temporal validation plots: quantifying how well correlative species distribution models predict species' range changes over time. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5 : 407-420 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12181)
Taylor, R.C., Omed, H. & Edwards-Jones, G. 2014. The greenhouse emissions footprint of free-range eggs. Poultry Science 93 : 231-237
Douglas, D.J.T., Nalwanga, D., Katebaka, R., Atkinson, P.W., Pomeroy, D.E., Nkuutu, D. & Vickery, J.A. 2014. The importance of native trees for forest bird conservation in tropical farmland. Animal Conservation 17 : 256-264
Ross-Smith, V.H, Robinson, R.A., Banks, A.N., Frayling, T.D., Gibson, C.C. & Clark, J.A. 2014. The Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus in England: how to resolve a conservation conundrum. Seabird 27 : 41-61
Wright, L.J., Newson, S.E. & Noble, D.G. 2014. The value of a random sampling design for annual monitoring of national populations of larger British terrestrial mammals. European Journal of Wildlife Research 60 : 213-221 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10344-013-0768-x)
Douglas, D.J.T., Bellamy, P.E., Stephen, L.S., Pearce 2014. Upland land use predicts population decline in a globally near-threatened wader. Journal of Applied Ecology 51 (part 1) : 194-203 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12167)
Morrison, C. A., Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., Dadam, D. & Toms. M.P. 2014. Using citizen science to investigate the role of productivity in House Sparrow Passer domesticus population trends. Bird Study 61 (part 1) : 91-100 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.874975)
Sutherland, W.J., Clements, A., Crane, E., Pilbeam, C., Martin, J., Monk, K.A., Rogalla von Bieberstein K., & Thompson, D.B.A. 2014. What are the forthcoming legislative issues of interest to ecologists and conservationists in 2014?. British Ecological Society Bulletin 45 (part 1) : 32-37
Newson, S.E., Marchant, J.H., Sellers, R.M., Ekins, G.R., Hearn, R.D. & Burton, N.H.K. 2013. Colonisation and range expansion of inland-breeding Cormorants in England. British Birds 106 : 737-743
Gill, J.A., Alves, J.A., Sutherland, W.J., Appleton, G.F., Potts, P.M. & Gunnarsson, T.G. 2013. Why is timing of bird migration advancing when individuals are not?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 1098/rspb.2013.2161)
Hardey, J., Crick, H.Q.P., Wernham, C.V., Riley, H., Etheridge, B. & Thompson, D.B.A. 2013. <p>Raptors: a field guide for surveys and monitoring [3rd Edition]</p>. The Stationary Office, Edinburgh
Dicks, L.V., Hodge, I., Randall, N.P., Scharlemann, J.P.W., Siriwardena, G.M., Smith, H.G., Smith R.K., & Sutherland, W.J. 2013. A transparent process for 'evidence-informed' policy making. Conservation Letters View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/conl.12046)
Royan, A., Hannah, D.M., Reynolds, S.J., Noble, D.G. & Sadler, J.P. 2013. Avian community responses to variability in river hydrology. PLOS ONE 8 (part 12) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0083221)
Kariuki Ndang'ang'a, P., Njoroge, J.B.M., Ngamau, K., Kariuki, W., Atkinson, P.W. & Vickery, J. 2013. Avian foraging behaviour in relation to provision of ecosystem services in a highland East African agroecosystem. 60 (part 2) : 156-168 View Abstract
de Lima, R.F., Dallimer, M., Atkinson, P.W. & Barlow, J. 2013. Biodiversity and land-use change: understanding the complex responses of an endemic-rich bird assemblage. Diversity and Distributions 19 (part 4) : 411-422 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12015)
Balmer, D.E., Gillings, S., Caffrey, B.J., Swann, R.L., Downie, I.S. & Fuller, R.J. 2013. Bird Atlas 2007-11: the breeding and wintering birds of Britain and Ireland. Book title: Bird Atlas 2007-11: the breeding and wintering birds of Britain and Ireland BTO Books, Thetford
Dadam, D., Clark, J.A., Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., Moss, D., Kew, A.J., Barber, L.J., Barimore, C.J., Blackburn, J.R., De Palacio, D.X., Grantham, M.J., Griffin, B.M. & Schäfer, S. 2013. Bird ringing and nest recording in Britain and Ireland in 2012.. Ringing & Migration 28 : 113-155 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2013.872947)
Bateman, I.J., Harwood, A.R., Mace, G.M., Watson, R.T., Abson, D.J., Andrews, B., Binner, A., Crowe, A., Day, B.H., Dugdale, S., Fezzi, C., Foden, J., Hadley, D., Haines-Young, R., Hulme, M., Kontoleon, A., Lovett, A.A., Munday, P., Pascual, U., Paterson, J., Perino, G., Sen, A., Siriwardena, G. van Soest, D. & Termansen, M. 2013. Bringing Ecosystem Services into Economic Decision-Making: Land Use in the United Kingdom. Science 341 : 45-50 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1126/science.1234379)
de Lima, R.F., Olmos, R., Dallimer, M., Atkinson, P.W. & Barlow, J. 2013. Can REDD+ help the Conservation of Restricted-Range Island species? Insights from the endemism hotspot of Sao Tome. PLOS ONE 8 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0074148)
Thaxter, C., Ross-Smith, V., Burton, N., Wade, H., Masden, E. & Bouten, W. 2013. Connectivity between seabird features of protected sites and offshore wind farms: Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Great Skuas through the breeding, migration and non-breeding seasons. Book title: BOU Proceedings - Marine Renewables and Birds BOU View Abstract

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