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.

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)
Plummer, K.E., Bearhop, S., Leech, D.I., Chamberlain, D.E. & Blount, J.D. 2013. Winter food provisioning reduces future breeding performance in a wild bird. Scientific Reports 3 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/srep02002)
Sutherland, W.J., Bellingan, L., Bellingham, J.R., Blackstock, J.J., Bloomfield, R.M., Bravo, M., Cadman, V.M., Cleevely, D.D., Clements, A., Cohen, A.S., Cope, D.R., Daemmrich, A.A., Devecchi, C., Anadon, L.D., Denegri, S., Doubleday, R., Dusic, N.R., Evans, R.J., Feng, W.Y., Godfray, H.C.J., Harris, P., Hartley, S.E., Hester, A.J., Holmes, J., Hughes, A., Hulme, M., Irwin, C., Jennings, R.C., Kass, G.S., Littlejohns, P., Marteau, T.M., McKee, G., Millstone, E.P., Nuttall, W.J., Owens, S., Parker, M.M., Pearson, S., Petts, J., Ploszek, R., Pullin, A.S., Reid, G., Richards, K.S., Robinson, J.G., Shaxson, L., Sierra, L., Smith, B.G., Spiegelhalter, D.J., Stilgoe, J., Stirling, A., Tyler, C.P., Winickoff, D.E. & Zimmern, R.L. 2012. A collaboratively-derived science-policy research agenda. PLOS ONE 7 (part 3) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031824)
Nalwanga, D., Pomeroy, D., Vickery, J. & Atkinson, P.W. 2012. A comparison of two survey methods for assessing bird species richness and abundance in tropical farmlands. Bird Study 59 (part 1) : 83-95 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2011.648164)
Eglington, S.M., Noble, D.G. & Fuller, R.J. 2012. A meta-analysis of spatial relationships in species richness across taxa: Birds as indicators of wider biodiversity in temperate regions. Journal for Nature Conservation 20 (part 5) : 301-309 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2012.07.002)
Dobson, A., Holling, M., Jones, K. & Wernham, C. 2012. A preliminary overview of monitoring for raptors in Great Britain. Acrocephalus 33 (part 154) : 225-232
Taylor, R.C. 2012. Ageing Wrens Troglodytes troglodytes using the barring pattern across remiges. Ringing & Migration 27 (part 2) : 106-108 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2012.747640)
Fuller, R.J. 2012. Avian responses to transitional habitats in temperate cultural landscapes: woodland edges and young-growth. Book title: Birds and Habitat: Relationships in Changing Landscapes Cambridge University Press, Cambridge : 125-149
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., Griffin, B.M. & Sch 2012. Bird ringing and nest recording in Britain and Ireland in 2011. Ringing & Migration 27 (part 2) : 109-153 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2012.756293)
Fuller, R.J. 2012. Birds and their changing habitat: thoughts on research and conservation strategies. Book title: Birds and Habitat: Relationships in Changing Landscapes Cambridge University Press, Cambridge : 516-529
Calladine, J., du Feu, C. & du Feu, R. 2012. Changing migration patterns of the Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus in Europe: an analysis of ringing recoveries. Journal of Ornithology 153 (part 3) : 691-698 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-011-0786-y)
Rappaccioulo, G., Roy, D.B., Gillings, S., Fox, R., Walker, K. & Purvis, A. 2012. Climatic associations of British species distributions show good transferability in time but low predictive accuracy for range change. PLOS ONE 7 (part 7) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0040212)
Renwick, A.R., Johnston, A., Joys, A., Newson, S.E., Noble, D.G. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2012. Composite bird indicators robust to variation in species selection and habitat specificity. Ecological Indicators 18 : 200-207 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.11.008)
McCrea, R.S., Morgan, B.J.T., Brown, D.I. & Robinson, R.A. 2012. Conditional modelling of ring-recovery data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3 (part 5) : 823-831 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2012.00226.x)
Alves, J.A., Gunnarsson, T.G., Hayhow, D.B., Appleton, G.F., Potts, P.M., Sutherland, W. & Gill, J.A. 2012. Costs, benefits and fitness consequences of different migratory strategies. Ecology View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1890/12-0737.1)
Ockendon, N.O., Hewson, C.M., Johnston, A. & Atkinson, P.W. 2012. Declines in Afro-Palearctic migrant birds are linked to bioclimatic wintering zone, possibly via constraints in arrival time advancement. Bird Study 59 (part 2) : 111-125 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2011.645798)
McGowan, C.P., Hines, J.E., Nichols, J.D., Lyons, J.E., Smith, D.R., Kalasz, K.S., Niles, L.J., Dey, A.D., Clark, N.A., Atkinson, P.W., Minton, C.D.T. & Kendall, W. 2012. Demographic consequences of migratory stopover: linking red knot survival to horseshoe crab spawning abundance.. Ecosphere 2 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1890/ES11-00106.1)
Allcorn, R.I., Hilton, G.M., Fenton, C., Atkinson, P.W., Bowden, C.G.R., Gray, G.A.L., Hulme, M., Madden, J., Mackley, E.K. & Oppel, S. 2012. Demography and breeding ecology of the Critically Endangered Montserrat Oriole. Condor 114 : 227-235 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1525/cond.2011.110033)
Devictor, V., van Swaay, C., Brereton, T., Brotons, L., Chamberlain, D., Heliölä, J., Herrando, S., Julliard, R., Kuussaari, M., Lindström, Å., Reif, J., Roy, D.B., Schweiger, O., Settele, J., Stefanescu, C., Van Serien, A., Van Turnhout, C., Vermouzek, Z., DeVries, M.W., Wynhoff, I. & Jiguet, F. 2012. Differences in the climatic debts of birds and butterflies at a continental scale. Nature Climate Change Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1347)
Eglington, S.M. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2012. Disentangling the Relative Importance of Changes in Climate and Land-Use Intensity in Driving Recent Bird Population Trends. PLOS ONE 7 (part 3) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0030407)
Henderson, I.G., Holland, J.M., Starkey, J., Lutman, P., Orson, J. & Simper, J. 2012. Effects of the proportion and spatial arrangement of un-cropped land on breeding bird abundance in arable rotations. Journal of Applied Ecology 49 (part 4) : 883-891 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02166.x)
Lawson, B., Lachish, S., Colville, K.M., Durrant, C., Peck, K.M., Toms, M.P., Sheldon, B.C. & Cunningham, A.A. 2012. Emergence of a Novel Avian Pox Disease in British Tit Species. PLOS ONE 7 (part 11) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0040176)
Sutherland, W.J., Allison, H., Aveling, R., Bainbridge, I.P., Bennun, L., Bullock, D.J., Clements, A., Crick, H.Q.P., Gibbons, D. W., Smith, S., Rands, M.R.W., Rose, P., Scharlemann, J.P.W. & Warren, M.S. 2012. Enhancing the value of horizon scanning through collaborative review. Oryx 46 (part 3) : 368-374 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1017/S0030605311001724)
Maclean, I.M.D., Rehfisch, M.M., Skov, H. & Thaxter, C.B. 2012. 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)

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