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.

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)
Minderman, J., Pendlebury, C.J., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Park, K.J 2012. Experimental Evidence for the Effect of Small Wind Turbine Proximity and Operation on Bird and Bat Activity. PLOS ONE 7 (part 7) View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0041177)
Salido,L., Purse, B.U., Marrs, R., Chamberlain, D.E. & Schultz, S. 2012. Flexibility in phenology and habitat use as buffers to long-term population declines in UK passerines. Ecography 35 : 604-613 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.06797.x)
Hui, C., Roura-Pascual, N., Brotons, L., Robinson, R.A. & Evans, K.L. 2012. Flexible dispersal strategies in native and non-native ranges: environmental quality and the "good-stay, bad-disperse" rule. Ecography View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2012.07697.x)
Bayly, N.J., Atkinson, P.W. & Rumsey, S.J.R. 2012. Fuelling for the Sahara crossing: variation in site use and the onset and rate of spring mass gain by 38 Palearctic migrants in the western Sahel. Journal of Ornithology 153 (part 3) : 931-945 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-012-0823-5)
Mendez, V., Gill, J.A., Burton, N.H.K., Austin, G., Petchey, O.L. & Davies, R. 2012. Functional diversity across space and time:trends in wader communities on British estuaries. Diversity and Distributions 18 (part 4) : 356-365 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00868.x)
Lisovski, S., Hewson, C.M., Klaasen, R.H.G., Korner-Nievergelt, F., Kristensen, M.W. & Hahn, S. 2012. Geolocation by light: accuracy and precision affected by environmental factors. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3 (part 3) : 603-612 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2012.00185.x)
Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Stephen, L., Douse, A. & Langston, R.H.W. 2012. Greater impacts of wind farms on bird populations during construction than subsequent operation: results of a multi-site and multi-species analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology 49 (part 2) : 386-394 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02110)
Fuller, R.J. 2012. Habitat quality and habitat occupancy by birds in variable environments. Book title: Birds and Habitat: Relationships in Changing Landscapes Cambridge University Press, Cambridge : 37-62
Holt, C.A., Fraser, K.H., Bull, A.J. & Dolman, P.M. 2012. Habitat use by Nightingales in a scrub-woodland mosaic in central England. Bird Study 59 (part 4) : 416-425 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2012.722191)
Buckland, S.T., Baillie, S.R., Dick, J. McP., Elston, D.A., Magurran, A.E., Scott, E.M., Smith, R.I., Somerfield, P.J., Studeny, A.C. & Watt, A. 2012. How should regional biodiversity be monitored?. Environmental and Ecological Statistics 19 : 601-606 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10651-012-0202-7)
Siriwardena, G., Cooke, I.R., & Sutherland, W.J. 2012. Landscape, cropping and field boundary influences on bird abundance. Ecography 35 (part 2) : 162-173 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.06839.x)
Baker, D.J., Freeman, S.S., Grice, P.V. & Siriwardena, G.M. 2012. Landscape-scale responses of birds to agri-environment management: a test of the English Environmental Stewardship scheme. Journal of Applied Ecology 49 (part 4) : 871-882 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02161.x)
Both, C., Robinson, R.A. & van der Jeugd, H. 2012. Long-distance dispersal in migratory pied flycatchers is relatively common between the UK and The Netherlands. Journal of Avian Biology 43 (part 3) : 193-197 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2012.05721.x)
Douglas, D.J.T., Follestad, A., Langston, R.H.W. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2012. Modelled sensitivity of avian collision rate at wind turbines varies with number of hours of flight activity input data. Ibis 154 (part 4) : 858-861 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2012.01239.x)
Renwick, A.R., Massimino, D. Newson, S.E., Chamberlain, D.E., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Johnston, A. 2012. Modelling changes in species' abundance in response to projected climate change. Diversity and Distributions 18 : 121-132 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00827.x)
Newson, S.E., Johnston, A., Renwick, A.R., Baillie, S.B. & Fuller, R.J. 2012. Modelling large-scale relationships between increasing abundance of deer and changes changes in bird populations in lowland England. Journal of Applied Ecology 49 (part 1) : 278-286 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02077.x)
Le Viol, I., Jiguet, F., Brotons, L., Herrando, S., Lindström, Å., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Reif, J., Van Turnhout, C. & Devictor, V. 2012. More and more generalists: two decades of changes in the European avifauna. Biology Letters View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0496)
Dobson, A.D.M., Clarke, R.G., Kjellen, N. & Clarke, M.L. 2012. New insights into the size and migratory origins of the British wintering population of the Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus. Bird Study 59 (part 2) : 218-227 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2012.664541)
Barshep, Y., Ottosson, U., Waldentrom, J. & Hulme, M. 2012. Non-breeding ecology of the Whinchat Saxicola rubetra in Nigeria. Ornis Svecica 22 : 23-25
Vrezec, A., Duke, G., Kovács, A., Saurola, P., Wernham,C., Burfield, I., Movalli, P., Bertoncelj I. 2012. Overview of raptor monitoring activities in Europe. Acrocephalus 33 (part 154) : 145-157
Randolph, S.E. & Dobson, A.D.M. 2012. Pangloss revisited: a critique of the dilution effect and the biodiversity-buffers-disease paradigm. Parasitology 139 (part 7) : 847-863 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1017/S0031182012000200)
Oliver, T.H., Gillings, S., Girardello, M., Rapacciuolo, G., Brereton, T.M., Siriwardena, G., Roy, D.B., Pywell, R. & Fuller, R.J. 2012. Population density but not stability can be predicted from species distribution models. Journal of Applied Ecology 49 (part 3) : 581-590 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02138.x)
Robinson, R.A., Baillie, S.R. & King, R. 2012. Population processes in European Blackbirds Turdus merula: a state-space approach. Journal of Ornithology 152 : 419-433 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-010-0612-y)
Norman, D., Harris, R.J. & Newson, S.E. 2012. Producing regional estimates of population size for common and widespread breeding birds from national monitoring data. Bird Study 59 (part 1) : 10-21 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2011.623766)
Thomas, C.D., 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., 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. & Hill, J.K. 2012. Protected areas facilitate species' range expansions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1210251109)