Peer-reviewed papers

Peer Journal sample covers

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.

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)
Pain, D., Green, R., Clark, N. 2011. On the edge:can the Spoon-billed Sandpiper be saved?. British Birds 104 : 350-363 View Abstract
Musgrove, A.J., Austin, G.E., Hearn, R.D, Holt, C.A., Stroud, D.A. & Wotton, S.R. 2011. Overwinter population estimates of British waterbirds. British Birds 104 : 364-397 View Abstract
Morrison, C.A., Sparling, C., Sadler. L., Charles, A., Sharples, R. & McConnell B. 2011. Post release dive ability in rehabilitated harbour seals. Marine Mammal Science 28 (part 2) : 110-123 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.17487692.2011.00510.x)
Sæther, B.-E., Grøtan, V., Engen, S., Noble, D.G. & Freckleton, R.P. 2011. Rarity, life history and scaling of the dynamics in time and space of British birds . Journal of Animal Ecology 80 : 215-224 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2010.01751.x)
Cook, A.S.C.P., Parsons, M., Mitchell I. & Robinson R.A. 2011. Reconciling policy with ecological requirements in biodiversity monitoring. Marine Ecology Progress Series 434 : 267-277 Link to Article (DOI: 10.3354/meps09244)
Hewson, C.M., Austin, G.E., Gough, S.J. & Fuller, R.J. 2011. Species-specific responses of woodland birds to stand-level habitat characteristics: the dual importance of forest structure and floristics. Forest Ecology and Management 261 : 1 224-1 240
Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Bradbury, R.B., Chamberlain, D.E., Drewitt, A., Langston, R.H.W. & Willis, S.G. 2011. Targeting research to underpin climate change adaptation for birds. Ibis 153 : 207-211 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2010.01086.x)
Buckland, S.T., Studeny, A.C., Magurran, A.E., Illian, J.B. & Newson, S.E. 2011. The geometric mean of relative abundance indices: a biodiversity measure with a difference. Ecosphere 2 (part 9) : 1-19 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1890/ES11-00186.1)
Bradbury, R.B., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Wotton, S.R., Conway, G.J. & Grice, P.V. 2011. The influence of climate and topography in patterns of territory establishment in a range-expanding bird. Ibis 153 (part 2) : 336-344 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2011.01106.x)
Pickett, S.R.A. & Siriwardena, G.M. 2011. The relationship between multi-scale habitat heterogeneity and farmland bird abundance. Ecography 34 (part 6) : 955-969 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.06608.x)
Robb, G.N., McDonald, R.A., Inger, R., Reynolds, S.J., Newton, J., McGill, R.A.R., Chamberlain, D.E., Harrison, T.J.E. & Bearhop, S. 2011. Using stable-isotope analysis as a technique for determining consumption of supplementary foods by individual birds.. Condor 113 (part 3) : 475-482 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1525/cond.2011.090111)
Evans, K.L., Chamberlain, D.E., Hatchwell, B.J., Gregory, R.D. & Gaston, K.J. 2011. What makes an urban bird?. Global Change Biology 17 : 32-44 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02247.x)
Cook, M., Waltho, C., Evans, I. & Wernham, C. 2011. Why Bird Monitoring in Scotland Needs More Volunteers. Book title: The Changing Nature of Scotland. The Stationery Office, Scotland, Edinburgh : 139-144
Dolman, P., Fuller, R., Gill, R., Hooton, D. & Tabor, R. 2010. Escalating ecological impacts of deer in lowland woodland. British Wildlife : 242-254
Thackeray, S.J., Sparks, T.H., Frederiksen, M., Burthe, S., Bacon, P.J., Bell, J.R., Botham, M.S., Brereton, T. M., Bright, P.W., Carvalho, L., Clutton-Brock, T., Dawson, A., Edwards, M., Elliott, J.M., Harrington, R., Johns, D., Jones, D., Jones, I.D., Jones, J.T., Leech, D.I., Roy, D.B., Scott, W.A., Smith, M., Smithers, R.J., Winfield, I.J. & Wanless, S. 2010. Trophic level asynchrony in rates of phenological change for marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments.. Global Change Biology 16 (part 12) : 3 304-3 313 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02165.x)
Harrison, T.J.E., Smith, J.A., Martin, G.R., Chamberlain, D.E., Bearhop, S., Robb, G.N. & Reynolds, S.J. 2010. Oecologia 164 : 311-320
Douglas, D.J.T., Vickery, J.A. & Benton, T.G. 2010. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 135 : 127-131
Cave, V.M., King, R. & Freeman, S.N. 2010. Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics 15 : 199-137
Calbrade, N.A., Holt, C.A., Austin, G.E., Mellan, H.J., Hearn, R.D., Stroud, D.A., Wotton, S.R. & Musgrove, A.J. 2010. Waterbirds in the UK 2008/09: The Wetland Bird Survey. BTO/RSPB/JNCC, Thetford.
Pearce-Higgins, J. 2010. A worked example of climate change adaptation for southern range margin populations. BOU Proceedings 2010 - Climate Change and Birds View Abstract
Leech, D. 2010. Are we there yet? Evidence of impacts of phenological disjunction in UK cavity nesters. BOU Proceedings 2010 - Climate Change and Birds
Davey, C.M., Vickery, J.A., Boatman, N.D., Chamberlain, D.E., Parry, H.R. & Siriwardena, G.M. 2010. Assessing the impact of Entry Level Stewardship on lowland farmland birds in England. Ibis 152 : 459-474 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919x.2009.01001.x)
Davey, C., Vickery, J., Boatman, N., Chamberlain, D., Parry, H. & Siriwardena, G. 2010. Assessing the impact of Environmental Stewardship on lowland farmland birds in England. Aspects of Applied Biology 100 : 51-58 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2009.01001.x)