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.

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
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

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