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.

Hulme, M.F., Vickery, J.A., Green, R.E., Phalan, B., Chamberlain, D.E., Pomeroy, D., Nalwanga, D., Mushabe, D., Katebaka, R. and Atkinson, P.W. 2013. Conserving the Birds of Uganda's Banana-Coffee Arc: Land Sparing and Land Sharing Compared. PLOS ONE 8 (part 2) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054597)
Alves, J.A., Gunnarsson, T.G., Hayhow, D.B., Appleton, G.F., Potts, P.M., Sutherland, W.J. & Gill, J.A. 2013. Costs, benefits, and fitness consequences of different migratory strategies. Ecology 94 (part 1) : 11-17 View Abstract
Gillings, S., Balmer, D.E., Swann, R.L. & Caffrey, B.J. 2013. Coverage and effort. Book title: Bird Atlas 2007-11: the breeding and wintering birds of Britain and Ireland BTO Books, Thetford : 90-113
Gillings, S. 2013. Data analysis and map production. Book title: Bird Atlas 2007-11: the breeding and wintering birds of Britain and Ireland BTO Books, Thetford : 66-87
Green J.M.H., Larrosac, C., Burgess, N.D., Balmford A., Johnston, A., Mbilinyi, B.P., Platts, P.J. & Coad, L. 2013. Deforestation in an African biodiversity hotspot: Extent, variation and the effectiveness of protected areas. Biological Conservation 164 : 62-72 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2013.04.016)
Calladine, J. & Morrison, N. 2013. Diurnal and nocturnal ranging behaviour by moorland-breeding Short-eared Owls Asio flammeus in Scotland. Bird Study 60 (part 1) : 44-51 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2012.736471)
Harrison, T.J.E, Smith, J.A., Martin, G.R., Chamberlain, D.E., Bearhop, S., Robb, G.N. & Reynolds, S.J. 2013. Does food supplementation really enhance productivity of breeding birds?. Oecologia 164 : 311-320 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s00442-010-1645-x)
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. Ecosystem services: accounting standards, the farmer's challenge and nature's balance sheet - response. Science 342 : 420-421 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6157.421-b)
Ndang'ang'a, P.K., Njoroge, J.B.M., Ngamau, K., Kariuki, W., Atkinson, P.W. & Vickery, J. 2013. Effects of crop diversity on bird species richness and abundance in a highland East African agricultural landscape. Ostrich 84 (part 1) : 33-39 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.2989/00306525.2013.775189)
Calladine, J., Bielinski, A. & Shaw, G. 2013. Effects on bird abundance and species richness of edge restructuring to include shrubs at the interface between conifer plantations and moorland. Bird Study 60 (part 3) : 345-356 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: DOI:10.1080/00063657.2013.797953)
Alves, J.A., Gunnarsson, T.G., Hayhow, D.B., Appleton, G.F., Potts, P.M., Sutherland, W.J. & Gill, J.A. 2013. Energetic trade-offs of Black-tailed Godwits. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America : 95-99 View Abstract
Crowe, O. & Holt, C.A. 2013. Estimates of waterbird numbers wintering in Ireland, 2006/07 - 2010/11. Irish Birds 9 : 545-552
Maclean, I.M.D., Rehfisch, M.M., Skov, H. & Thaxter, C.B. 2013. Evaluating the statistical power of detecting changes in the abundance of seabirds at sea. Ibis 155 (part 1) : 113-126 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2012.01272.x)
Plummer, K.E., Bearhop, S., Leech, D.I., Chamberlain, D.E. & Blount, J.D. 2013. Fat provisioning in winter impairs egg production during the following spring: a landscape-scale study of blue tits. Journal of Animal Ecology 82 (part 3) : 673-682 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12025)
Smith, J.A., Harrison, T.J.E., Martin, G.R., Reynolds, S.J. 2013. Feathering the nest: food supplementation influences nest construction by Blue (Cyanistes caeruleus) and Great Tits (Parus major). Avian Biology Research 6 (part 1) : 18-25 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.3184/175815512X13530764553094)
Studeny, A.C., Buckland, S.T., Harrison, P.J., Illian, J.B., Magurran, A.E. & Newson, S.E. 2013. Fine-tuning the assessment of large-scale temporal trends in biodiversity using the example of British breeding birds. Journal of Applied Ecology 50 : 190-198 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12026)
Fuller, R.J. 2013. FORUM: Searching for biodiversity gains through woodfuel and forest management. Journal of Applied Ecology 50 : 1 295-1 300 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12152)
Baker, D.J., Grice, P.V. & Siriwardena, G.M. 2013. How has Environmental Stewardship affected English farmland bird populations? Results and lessons from a national assessment. Aspects of Applied Biology 118 : 47-54
Chamberlain, D. & Pearce-Higgins, J. 2013. Impacts of climate change on upland birds: complex interactions, compensatory mechanisms and the need for long-term data. Ibis 155 (part 3) : 451-455 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12070)
Chamberlain, D.E., Austin, G.E., Green, R.E., Hulme, M.F. & Burton, N.H.K. 2013. Improved estimates of population trends of Great Cormorants Phalacrocorax carbo in England and Wales for effective management of a protected species at the centre of a human-wildlife conflict. Bird Study 60 (part 3) : 335-344 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.798258)
Soanes, L.M., Atkinson, P.W., Gauvain, R.D. & Green, J.A. 2013. Individual consistency in the foraging behaviour of Northern Gannets: Implications for interactions with offshore renewable energy developments. Marine Policy 38 : 507-514 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2012.08.006)
Gillings, S. & Balmer, D.E. 2013. Interpretation of species accounts. Book title: Bird Atlas 2007-11: the breeding and wintering birds of Britain and Ireland BTO Books, Thetford : 149-156
Linnerud, M., Saether, B.E., Grotan, V., Engen, S., Noble, D.G., Freckleton, R.P. & Robert, P. 2013. Interspecific differences in stochastic population dynamics explains variation in Taylor's temporal power law. Oikos 122 (part 8) : 1 207-1 216 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20517.x)
Chamberlain, D.E., Austin, G.E., Newson, S.E., Johnston, A. & Burton, N.H.K. 2013. Licensed control does not reduce local Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo population size in winter. Journal of Ornithology 154 (part 3) : 739-750 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-013-0938-3)
Taylor, R.C. & Dodd, S.G. 2013. Negative impacts of hunting and suction-dredging on otherwise high and stable survival rates in Curlew Numenius arquata. Bird Study 60 (part 2) : 221-228 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.775215)
Johnston, A., Ausden, M., Dodd, A.M., Bradbury, R.B., Chamberlain, D.E., Jiguet, F., Thomas, C.D., Cook, A.S.C.P., Newson, S.E., Ockendon, N., Rehfisch, M.M., Roos, S., Thaxter, C.B., Brown, A., Crick, H.Q.P., Douse, A., McCall, R.A., Pontier, H., Stroud, D.A., Cadiou, B., Crowe, O., Deceuninck, B., Hornman, M. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2013. Observed and predicted effects of climate change on species abundance in protected areas. Nature Climate Change 3 : 1 055-1 061 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2035)
Downie, I.S., Gillings, S. & Wright, K.M.H. 2013. Online data capture and engagement. Book title: Bird Atlas 2007-11: the breeding and wintering birds of Britain and Ireland BTO Books, Thetford : 48-63
Fuller, R.J., Gillings, S., Lauder, A. & Crowe, O. 2013. Pattern and change in the British and Irish avifaunas over a 40-year period. Book title: Bird Atlas 2007-11: the breeding and wintering birds of Britain and Ireland BTO Books, Thetford : 115-147
Gullett, P., Hatchwell, B.J., Robinson, R.A., & Evans, K.L. 2013. Phenological indices of avian reproduction: cryptic shifts and prediction across large spatial and temporal scales. Ecology and Evolution 3 (part 7) : 1 864-1 877 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.558)
Musgrove, A.J., Aebischer, N.J., Eaton, M.A., Hearn, R.D., Newson, S.E., Noble, D.G., Parsons, M., Risely, K. & Stroud, D.A. 2013. Population estimates on birds in Great Britain and the United Kingdom. British Birds 106 : 64-100
Ross-Smith, V.H, Conway, G.J., Facey, R.J., Bailey, B.H., Lipton, M., Whitfield, S.A. & Ferns, P.N. 2013. Population size, ecology and movements of gulls breeding on Flat Holm Island.. Birds in Wales 10 (part 1) : 7-21
Lehikoinen, A., Jaatinen, K., Vähätalo, A.V., Clausen, P., Crowe, O., Deceuninck, B., Hearn, R, Holt, C.A., Hornman, M., Keller, C., Nilsson, L., Langendoen, T, Tománková, Wahl, J. & Fox, A.D. 2013. Rapid climate driven shifts in wintering distributions of three common waterbird species. Global Change Biology 19 (part 7) : 2 071-2 081 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12200)
Morrison, C.A, Robinson, R.A., Clark, J.A., Risely, K. & Gill, J.A. 2013. Recent population declines in Afro-Palaearctic migratory birds: the influence of breeding and non-breeding seasons. Diversity and Distributions 19 (part 8) : 1 051-1 058 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12084)
Thomas, C.D., Anderson, B.J., Moilanen, A., Eigenbrod, F., Heinemeyer, A., Quaife, T., Roy, D.B., Gillings, S., Armsworth, P.R. & Gaston, K.J. 2013. Reconciling biodiversity and carbon conservation. Ecology Letters 16 : 39-47 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ele.12054)
Balmer, D.E., Gillings, S., Caffrey, B.J., Swann, R.L. & Fuller, R.J. 2013. Setting the scene. Book title: Bird Atlas 2007-11: the breeding and wintering birds of Britain and Ireland BTO Books, Thetford : 18-30
Kaminski, P., Jzerzak, L., Sparks, T.H., Johnston, A., Bochenski, M., Kasprzak, M., Wiśniewska, E., Mroczkowski, S. & Tryjanowski, P. 2013. Sex and other sources of variation in the haematological parameters of White Stork Ciconia ciconia chicks. Journal of Ornithology View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-013-1016-6)
Newson, S.E., Massimino, D., Johnston, A., Baillie, S.R. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2013. Should we account for detectability in population trends?. Bird Study 60 (part 3) : 384-390 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.805729)
Wakefield, E.D., Bodey, T.W., Bearhop, S., Blackburn, J., Colhoun, K., Davies, R., Dwyer, R.G., Green, J.A., Gremillet, D., Jackson, A.L., Jessopp, M.J., Kane, A., Langston, R.H.W., Lescroel, A., Murray, S., Le Nuz, M., Patrick, S.C., Peron, C., Soanes, L.M., Wanless, S., Votier, S.C. & Hamer, K.C. 2013. Space Partitioning Without Territoriality in Gannets. Science 341 (part 6 141) : 68-70 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1126/science.1236077)
Gillings, S., Balmer, D.E., Caffrey, B.J. & Swann, R.L. 2013. Survey methods and data sources. Book title: Bird Atlas 2007-11: the breeding and wintering birds of Britain and Ireland BTO Books, Thetford : 33-45
Fuller, R.J. & Rothery, P. 2013. Temporal consistency in fine-scale habitat relationships of woodland birds during a period of habitat deterioration.. Forest Ecology and Management 289 : 164-174 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.09.035)
Peach, W.J., Mallord, J.W., Orsman, C.J., Ockendon, N. & Haines, W.G. 2013. Testing assumptions of a supplementary feeding experiment aimed at suburban House Sparrows Passer domesticus. Bird Study 60 (part 3) : 308-320 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.809048)
Holt, C. 2013. The changing status of the Great White Egret in Britain. British Birds 106 : 246-257
Burton, N.H.K., Banks, A.N., Calladine, J.R & Austin, G.E. 2013. The importance of the United Kingdom for wintering gulls: population estimates and conservation requirements. Bird Study 60 (part 1) : 87-101 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2012.748716)
Graystock, P., Yates, K., Evison, S.E.F., Darvill, B., Goulson, D. & Hughes, W.O.H. 2013. The Trojan hives: pollinator pathogens, imported and distributed in bumblebee colonies. Journal of Applied Ecology View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12134)
Morrison, C.A., Robinson, R.A., Clark, J.A., Marca, A.D., Newton, J & Gill, J.A. 2013. Using stable isotopes to link breeding population trends to winter ecology in Willow Warblers Phylloscopus trochilus. Bird Study 60 (part 2) : 211-220 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2013.767773)
Sutherland, W.J., Clements, A., Harper, M., Herkenrath, P., Margerison, C., Martin, J., Monk, K.A. & Thompson, D.B.A. 2013. What are the forthcoming legislative issues of interest to ecologists and conservationists in 2013?. British Ecological Society Bulletin 44 (part 1) : 38-43
Dicks, L.V., Bardgett, R.D., Bell, J., Benton, T.G., Booth, A., Bouwman, J., Brown, C., Bruce, A., Burgess, P.J., Butler, S.J., Crute, I., Dixon, F., Drummond, C., Freckleton, R.P., Gill, M., Graham, A., Hails, R.S., Hallett, J., Hart, B., Hillier, J.G., Holland, J.M., Huxley, J.N., Ingram, J.S.I., King, V., MacMillan, T., McGonigle, D.F., McQuaid, C., Nevard, T., Norman, S., Norris, K., Pazderka, C., Poonaji, I., Quinn, C.H., Ramsden, S.J., Sinclair, D., Siriwardena, G.M., Vickery, J.A., Whitmore, A.P., Wolmer, W. & Sutherland, W.J. 2013. What Do We Need to Know to Enhance the Environmental Sustainability of Agricultural Production? A Prioritisation of Knowledge Needs for the UK Food System. Sustainability 5 (part 7) : 3 095-3 115 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.3390/su5073095)