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.

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)
Gillings, S., Avontins, A., Crowe, O., Dalakchieva, S., Devos, K., Elts, J., Green, M., Gunnarsson, T.G., Kleefstra, R., Kubelka, V., Lehtiniemi, T., Meissner, W., Pakstyte, E., Rasmussen, L., Szimuly, G. & Wahl, J. 2012. Results of a coordinated count of Eurasian Golden Plovers Pluvialis apricaria in Europe during October 2008.. Wader Study Group Bulletin 119 : 125-128
Davey, C.M., Chamberlain, D.E., Newson, S.E., Noble, D.G. & Johnston A. 2012. Rise of the Generalists: evidence for climate driven homogenization in avian communities. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21 (part 5) : 568-578 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2011.00693.x)
Appleton, G.F. & Wernham, C.V. 2012. Scotland's long-distance migrants - contrasting changes and new challenges. Scottish Birds 32 (part 2) : 148-154
Thaxter, C.B., Lascelles, B., Sugar, K., Cook, A.S.C.P., Roos, S., Bolton, M., Langston, R.H.W. & Burton, N.H.K. 2012. Seabird foraging ranges as a preliminary tool for identifying candidate Marine Protected Areas. Biological Conservation View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2011.12.009)
Wesołowski, T. & Fuller, R.J. 2012. Spatial variation and temporal shifts in habitat use by birds at the European scale. Book title: Birds and Habitat: Relationships in Changing Landscapes Cambridge University Press, Cambridge : 63-92
Fuller, R.J., Smith, K.W. & Hinsley, S.A. 2012. Temperate western European woodland as a dynamic environment for birds: a resource-based view. Book title: Birds and Habitat: Relationships in Changing Landscapes Cambridge University Press, Cambridge : 352-380
Fuller, R.J. 2012. The bird and its habitat: an overview of concepts. Book title: Birds and Habitat: Relationships in Changing Landscapes Cambridge University Press, Cambridge : 4-36
Garrett, K.A., Dobson, A.D.M., Kroschel, J., Natarajan, B., Orlandini, S., Tonnang, H.E.Z. & Valdivia, C. 2012. The effects of climate variability and the color of weather time series on agricultural diseases and pests, and on decisions for their management. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2012.04.018)
Lawson, B., Robinson, R.A., Colvile, K.M., Peck, K.M., Chantrey, J., Pennycott, T.W., Simpson, V.R., Toms, M.P. & Cunningham, A.A. 2012. The emergence and spread of finch trichomonosis in the British Isles. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 367 : 2 852-2 863 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0130)
Holt, C.A., Hewson, C.M. & Fuller, R.J. 2012. The Nightingale in Britain: status, ecology and conservation needs. British Birds 105 : 172-187
Hallgrimsson, G.T., Summers, R.W., Etheridge, B. & Swann, R.L. 2012. The winter range of Nearctic Purple Sandpipers Calidris maritima on the East Atlantic flyway. Ardea 100 : 13-18
Sutherland W.J., Barlow R., Clements A., Harper M., Herkenrath P., Margerison C., Monk K.A., Robinson J.A. & Thompson D.B.A. 2012. What are the forthcoming legislative issues of interest to ecologists and conservationists in 2011?. British Ecological Society Bulletin 43 (part 1) : 12-19
Holland, R.A., Eigenbrod, F., Armsworth, P.R., Anderson, B.J., Thomas, C.D., Heinemeyer, A., Gillings, S., Roy, D.B. & Gaston, K.J. 2011. Spatial covariation between freshwater and terrestrial ecosystem services. Ecological Applications 21 : 2 034-2 048
Moilanen, A., Anderson, A.J., Eigenbrod, F., Heinemeyer, A., Roy, D.B., Gillings, S., Armsworth, P.R., Gaston, K.J. & Thomas, C.D. 2011. Balancing alternative land uses in conservation prioritization. Ecological Applications 21 : 1 419-1 426
McKenzie, A.J., Vickery, J.A., Leifert, C., Shotton, P. & Whittingham, M.J. 2011. Basic and Applied Ecology 12 : 80-88
Maclean, I.M.D., Boar, R.R. & Lugo, C. 2011. Environmental Management 47 : 218-229
Ambrosini, R., Rubolini, D., Moller, A.P., Bani, L., Clark, J., Karcza, Z., Vangeluwe, D., du Feu, C., Spina, F. & Saino, N. 2011. Climate Research 49 : 131-141
Ferguson-Lees, J., Castell, R. & Leech, D. 2011. A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests. BTO Books, Thetford
Taylor, M., & Marchant, J.H. 2011. The Norfolk Bird Atlas: summer and winter distributions 1999-2007. BTO Books, Thetford
Reynolds, T.J., Harris, M.P., King, R., Swann, R.L., Jardine, D.C., Frederiksen, M. & Wanless, S. 2011. Among-colony synchrony in the survival of Common Guillemots Uria aalge reflects shared wintering areas. Ibis 153 (part 4) : 818-831 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2011.01149.x)
Butler, S., Freckleton, R., Renwick, A.R. & Norris, K. 2011. An objective, niche-based approach to indicator species selection. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3 (part 2) : 317-326 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2011.00173.x)
Marchant, J.H. 2011. An overview of Norfolk's birds. Book title: The Norfolk Bird Atlas: summer and winter distributions 1999-2007. BTO Books, Thetford. : 479-499
Sage, R.B., Hoodless, A.N, Hewson, C.M., Wilson, S., Le Clare, C., Marchant, J.H., Draycott, R.A.H. & Fuller, R.J. 2011. Assessing breeding success in common woodland birds using a novel method. Bird Study 58 : 409-420 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2011.606497)
Bolton, M., Bamford, R., Blackburn, C., Cromarty, J., Eglington, S., Ratcliffe, N., Sharpe, F., Stanbury, A. & Smart, J. 2011. Assessment of simple survey methods to determine breeding population size and productivity of a plover, the Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus. Wader Study Group Bulletin 118 (part 3) : 141-152
Cornulier, T., Robinson, R.A., Elston, D., Lambin, X., Sutherland, W.J. & Benton, T.G. 2011. Bayesian reconstitution of environmental change from disparate historical records: hedgerow loss and farmland bird declines. Methods In Ecology and Evolution 2 : 86-94 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2010.00054.)
Buckland, S.T., Studeny, A., Magurran, A.E. & Newson, S.E. 2011. Biodiversity monitoring: the relevance of detectability. Book title: Biological diversity: frontiers in measurement and assessment Oxford University Press
Gillings, S., Swann, B., Balmer, D. & Wernham, C. 2011. Bird Atlas 2007-11: Measuring Change in Bird Distribution and Abundance. Book title: The Changing Nature of Scotland. The Stationery Office, Scotland, Edinburgh : 67-72
Clark, J.A., Dadam, D., Robinson, R.A., Moss, D., Leech, D.I., Barber, L., Blackburn, J., Conway, G.J., de Palacio, D., Griffin, B.M. & Sch 2011. Bird ringing in Britain and Ireland in 2010. Ringing & Migration 26 (part 2) : 118-160 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2011.638487)
Holt, C.A., Fuller, R.J., and Dolman, P.M. 2011. Breeding and post-breeding responses of woodland birds to modification of habitat structure by deer. Biological Conservation 144 (part 9) : 2 151-2 162 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2011.05.004)
Guillemain, M., Devineau, Gauthier-Clerc, M., Hearn, R., King, R., Simon, G. & Grantham, M. 2011. Changes in ring recovery rates over the last 50 years: shall we continue to ring ducks?. Journal of Ornithology 152 (part 1) : 56-61 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-010-0546-4)
Douglas, D.J.T., Bellamy, P.E. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2011. Changes in the abundance and distribution of upland breeding birds at an operational wind farm. Bird Study 58 : 37-43 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2010.524914)
Bayly, N.J., Rumsey, S.J.R. & Clark, J.A. 2011. Crossing the Sahara desert:migrating strategies of the Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia. Journal of Ornithology 152 (part 4) : 933-946 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-011-0676-3)
Brereton, T.M., Cruickshanks, K.L., Risely, K., Noble, D.G. & Roy, D.B. 2011. Developing and launching a wider countryside butterfly survey across the United Kingdom. Journal of Insect Conservation 15 (part 1) : 279-290 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10841-010-9345-8)
Toms, M., Humphreys, L. & Wernham, C. 2011. Developing our Understanding of Biodiversity in Scotland's Gardens: the Role of the BTO's Garden Birdwatch. Book title: The Changing Nature of Scotland TSO Scotland, Edinburgh : 479-484
Wotton, S., Grantham, M.J., Moran, N.J. & Gilbert, G. 2011. Eurasian Bittern distribution and abundance in the UK during the 2009/10 winter. British Birds 104 : 636-641
Newson, S.E., Johnston, A., Parrott, D. & Leech, D.I. 2011. Evaluating the population-level impact of an invasive species, Ring-necked Parakeet Psittacula krameri, on native avifauna. Ibis 153 : 509-516 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2011.01121.x)
Lawson, B., Robinson, R.A., Neimanis, A., Handeland, K., Isomursu, M., Agren, E.O., Hamnes, I.S., Tyler, K.M., Chantrey, J., Hughes, L.A., Pennycott, T.W., Simpson, V.R., John, S.K., Peck, K.M., Toms, M.P., Bennett, M., Kirkwood, J.K. & Cunningham, A.A. 2011. Evidence of spread of emerging infectious disease, finch trichomonosis, by migrating birds. Ecohealth 8 (part 2) : 143-153 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10393-011-0696-8)
Amar, A., Grant, M., Buchanan, G., Sim, I., Wilson, J., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Redpath, S. 2011. Exploring the relationships between wader declines and current land-use in the British uplands. Bird Study 58 : 13-26 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2010.513412)
Coiffait, L., Robinson, R.A., Clark, J.A. & Griffin, B.M 2011. Fattening strategies of British & Irish Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica prior to autumn migration. Ringing & Migration 26 : 15-23
Quine, C.P., Barnett, J., Dobson, A.D.M., Marcu, A., Marzano, M., Moseley, D., O'Brien, L., Randolph, S.E., Taylor, J.L. & Uzzell, D. 2011. Frameworks for risk communication and disease management: the case of Lyme disease and countryside users. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366 : 2 010-2 022 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0397)
Fahrig, L., Baudry, J., Brotons, L., Burel, F., Crist, T., Fuller, R.J., Sirami, C. ,Siriwardena, G.M. & Martin, J.L. 2011. Functional landscape heterogeneity and animal biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. Ecology Letters 14 : 101-112 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01559.x)
Studeny, A.C., S.T. Buckland, J.B. Illian, A. Johnston & A.E. Magurran 2011. Goodness-of-fit Measures of Evenness: A New Tool for Exploring Changes in Community Structure. Ecosphere 2 (part 2) : 1-19 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1890/ES10-00074.1)
Gilroy J.J., Anderson G.Q.A., Vickery J.A., Grice P.V. & Sutherland W.J. 2011. Identifying mismatches between habitat selection and habitat quality in a ground-nesting farmland bird. Animal Conservation 14 : 620-629 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2011.00480.x)
Ambrosini, R., Bani, L., Massimino, D., Fornasari, L. & Saino, N. 2011. Large-scale spatial distribution of breeding Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica in relation to cattle farming. Bird Study 58 (part 4) : 495-505 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2011.609883)
Carroll, M.J., Dennis, P., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Thomas, C.D. 2011. Maintaining northern peatland ecosystems in a changing climate: effects of soil moisture, drainage and drain blocking on craneflies. Global Change Biology 17 (part 9) : 2 991-3 001 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02416.x)