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.

Thaxter, C., Joys, A., Gregory, R., Baillie, S. & Noble, D. 2010. Hypotheses to explain patterns of population change among breeding bird species in England. Biological Conservation 143 : 2 006-2 019 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.05.004)
Atkinson, P.W., Maclean, I.M. & Clark, N.A 2010. Impacts of shellfisheries and nutrient inputs on waterbird communities in the Wash, England. Journal of Applied Ecology 47 : 191-199 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01760.x)
Korner-Nievergelt, F., Sauter, A., Atkinson, P.W., Guélat, J., Kania, W., Kéry, M., Köppen, U., Robinson, R.A., Schaub, M., Thorup, K., van der Jeugd, H. & van Noordwijk, A.J. 2010. Improving the analysis of movement data from marked individuals through explicit estimation of observer heterogeneity. Journal of Avian Biology 41 : 8-17 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2009.04907.x)
Thaxter, C.B., Wanless, S., Daunt, F., Harris, M.P., Benvenuti, S., Watanuki, Y., Gr 2010. Influence of wing loading on trade-off between pursuit-diving and flight in common guillemots and razorbills. Journal of Experimental Biology 213 : 1 018-1 025 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1242/jeb.037390)
Magurran, A.E., Baillie, S.R., Buckland, S.T., Dick, J.McP., Elston, D.A., Scott, E.M., Smith, R.I., Somerfield, P.J. & Watt, A.D. 2010. Long-term datasets in biodiversity research and monitoring: assessing change in ecological communities through time. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25 : 574-582 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2010.06.016)
Eglington, S.M., Bolton, M., Smart, M.A., Sutherland, W.J., Watkinson, A.R. & Gill, J.A. 2010. Managing water levels on wet grasslands to improve foraging conditions for breeding northern lapwing Vanellus vanellus. Journal of Applied Ecology 47 : 452-458 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01783.x)
Wright, L.J., Banks, A.N., Maclean, I.M.D. & Rehfisch, M.M. 2010. Non-native waterbirds in the AEWA area. BOU Proceedings 2010 - The Impacts of non-native Species View Abstract
Newson, S.E., Rexstad, E.A., Baillie, S.R., Buckland, S.T. & Aebischer, N.J. 2010. Population change of avian predators and grey squirrels in England: is there evidence for an impact on avian prey populations?. Journal of Applied Ecology : 244-252 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01771.x)
Newson, S.E, Leech, D.I., Hewson, C.M. Crick, H.Q.P. & Grice, P.V. 2010. Potential impact of Grey Squirrels Sciurus carolinensis on woodland bird populations in England. Journal of Ornithology : 211-218 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-009-0445-8)
Tayleur, J. 2010. Potential impacts of parakeets in Great Britain. BOU Proceedings 2010 - The Impacts of non-native Species View Abstract
Zockler, C., Syroechkovskiy, E.E. & Atkinson, P.W. 2010. Rapid and continued population decline in the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus indicates imminent extinction unless conservation action is taken. Bird Conservation International 20 : 95-111 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1017/S0959270910000316)
S 2010. Rarity, life history and scaling in time and space of British birds. Journal of Animal Ecology 80 : 215-224 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2010.01751.x)
Amar, A., Smith, K.W., Butler, S., Lindsell, J.A., Hewson, C.M., Fuller, R.J. & Charman, E.C. 2010. Recent patterns of change in vegetation structure and tree composition of British broadleaved woodland: evidence from large-scale surveys. Forestry 83 : 345-356 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1093/forestry/cpq017)
Eigenbrod, F., Anderson, B.J., Armsworth, P.R., Heinemeyer, A., Gillings, S., Roy, D.B., Thomas, C.D. & Gaston, K.J. 2010. Representation of ecosystem services by tiered conservation strategies. Conservation Letters 3 : 184-191 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00102.x)
Butler, S.J., Mattison, E.H.A., Glithero, N.J., Robinson, L.J., Atkinson, P.W., Gillings, S., Vickery, J.A. & Norris, K. 2010. Resource availability and the persistence of seed-eating bird populations in agricultural landscapes : a mechanistic modelling approach. Journal of Applied Ecology 47 : 67-75 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01750.x)
Morrison, C.A., Robinson, R.A., Clark, J.A. & Gill, J.A. 2010. Spatial and temporal variation in population trends in a long-distance migratory bird. Diversity and Distributions 16 : 620-627 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2010.00663.x)
Robinson, R.A. 2010. State of bird populations in Britain and Ireland. Book title: Silent summer: the state of wildlife in Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. : 281-318
Furness, R.W., Mable, B., Savory, F., Griffiths, K., Baillie, S.R. & Heubeck, M. 2010. Subspecies status of Common Eiders Somateria mollissima in Shetland based on morphology and DNA. Bird Study 57 : 330-335 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2010.481708)
Robinson, R.A., Kew, J.J. & Kew, A.J. 2010. Survival of suburban blackbirds Turdus merula varies seasonally but not by sex. Journal of Avian Biology 41 : 83-87 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2009.04789.x)
Banks, A.N., Crick, H.Q.P., Coombes, R., Benn, S., Ratcliffe, D.A. & Humphreys, E.M. 2010. The breeding status of Peregrine Falcons Falco peregrinus in the UK and Isle of Man in 2002. Bird Study 57 : 421-436 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2010.511148)
Everard, M. & Noble, D. 2010. The development of bird indicators for British freshwaters and wetlands. Aquatic Conservation - Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 20 : 117-124 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/aqc.1074)
Eglington, S.M., Davis, S.E., Joys, A.C., Chamberlain, D.E. & Noble, D.G. 2010. The effect of observer experience on English Breeding Bird Survey population trends. Bird Study 57 : 129-141 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063650903440648)
Rehfisch, M.M., Allan, J.R. & Austin, G.E. 2010. The effect on the environment of Great Britain's naturalized Great Canada Branta canadensis and Egyptian Geese Alopochen aegyptiacus. BOU Proceedings 2010 - The Impacts of non-native Species View Abstract
Sutherland, W.J., Albon, S.D., Allison, H., Armstrong-Brown, S., Bailey, M.J., Brereton, T., Boyd, I.L., Carey, P., Edwards, J., Gill, M., Hill, D., Hodge, I., Hunt, A.J., Le Quesne, W.J.F., Macdonald, D.W., Mee, L.D., Mitchell, R., Norman, T., Owen, R.P., Parker, D., Prior, S.V., Pullin, A.S., Rands, M.R.W., Redpath, S., Spencer, J., Spray, C.J., Thomas, C.D., Tucker, G.M., Watkinson, A.R. & Clements, A. 2010. The identification of priority policy options for UK nature conservation. Journal of Applied Ecology 47 : 955-965 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01863.x)
Eigenbrod, F., Armsworth, P.R., Anderson, B.J., Heinemeyer, A., Gillings, S., Roy, D.B., Thomas, C.D. & Gaston, K.J. 2010. The impact of proxy-based methods on mapping the distribution of ecosystem services. Journal of Applied Ecology : 377-385 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01777.x)
Burton, N.H.K., Baker, H., Carter, I., Moore, N. & Clements, A. 2010. The impacts of non-native species: a review of the British Ornithologists' Union's Autumn 2008 Scientific Meeting. Ibis 152 : 654-659 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2010.01033.x)
Siriwardena, G.M. 2010. The importance of spatial and temporal scale for agri-environment scheme delivery. Ibis 152 : 515-529 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2010.01034.x)
Bell, C.P., Baker, S.W., Parkes, N.G., Brooke, M.D. & Chamberlain, D.E. 2010. The role of the Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) in the decline of the House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) in Britain. Auk 127 : 411-420 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1525/auk.2009.09108)
Fuller, R.J. & Gill, M.A. 2010. The spread of non-native Muntjac and Fallow Deer: a problem for lowland woodland birds?. BOU Proceedings 2010 - Climate Change and Birds View Abstract
Clark, N.A., Minton, C.D., Fox, J.W., Gosbell, K., Lanctot, R.B., Porter, R.R. & Yezerinac, S. 2010. The use of light-level geolocators to study wader movements. Wader Study Group Bulletin 117 View Abstract
Mitchell, C., Colhoun, K., Fox, A.D., Griffin, L., Hall, C., Hearn, R., Holt, C. & Walsh, A. 2010. Trends in goose numbers wintering in Britain and Ireland, 1995 to 2008. Ornis Svecica 20 : 128-132
Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Gill, J.A. 2010. Unravelling the mechanisms linking climate change, agriculture and avian population declines. Ibis 152 : 439-442 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2010.01041.x)
Calladine, J., Garner, G., Wernham, C. & Buxton, N. 2010. Variation in the diurnal activity of breeding Short-eared Owls Asio flammeus: implications for their survey and monitoring. Bird Study 57 : 89-99 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063650903437503)
Fuller, R.J. & Rothery, P. 2010. Woodfuel management: prospects for reversing declines in woodland birds. BOU Proceedings 2010 - Climate Change and Birds View Abstract
Greenwood, J.J.D. 2009. 100 years of ringing in Britain and Ireland. Ringing & Migration 24 : 147-153 View Abstract
Redfern, C.P.F., Clark, J.A., Robinson, R.A. & Baillie, S.R. 2009. A century of ringing in Britain and Ireland. (Editorial). Ringing & Migration 24 View Abstract
Butler, S.J., Brooks, D., Feber, R.E., Storkey, J., Vickery, J.A, & Norris, K. 2009. A cross-taxonomic index for quantifying the health of farmland biodiversity. Journal of Applied Ecology 46 : 1 154-1 162 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01709.x)
Vickery, J.A., Feber, R.E. & Fuller, R.J. 2009. Arable field margins managed for biodiversity conservation: a review of food resource provision for farmland birds. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 133 : 1-3 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2009.05.012)
Chamberlain, D.E., Cannon, A.R., Toms, M.P., Leech, D.I., Hatchwell, B.J. & Gaston, K.J. 2009. Avian productivity in urban landscapes: a review and meta-analysis. Ibis 151 : 1-18 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2008.00899.x)
Coiffait, L., Clark, J.A., Robinson, R.A., Blackburn, J.R., Grantham, M.J., Marchant, J.H., Barber, L., de Palacio, D., Griffin, B.M., Moss, D. & Shephard, M.J. 2009. Bird ringing in Britain and Ireland in 2008. 24 : 281-320 View Abstract
Hinsley, S.A., Hill, R.A., Fuller, R.J., Bellamy, P.E. & Rothery, P. 2009. Bird species distributions across woodland canopy structure gradients. Community Ecology 10 : 99-110 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1556/ComEc.10.2009.1.12)
Chamberlain, D.E., Gough, S., Anderson, G., MacDonald, M., Grice, P. & Vickery, J.A. 2009. Bird use of cultivated fallow 'Lapwing Plots' within English agri-environment schemes. Bird Study 56 : 289-297 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063650902792114)
Eaton, M.A., Brown, A. .F, Noble, D.G., Musgrove, A.J., Hearn, R., Aebischer, N.J., Gibbons, D.W., Evans, A. & Gregory, R.D. 2009. Birds of Conservation Concern III: priority species for conservation action in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. British Birds 102 : 296-341
Newson, S.E., Ockendon, N., Joys, A., Noble, D.G. & Baillie, S.R. 2009. Comparison of habitat-specific trends in the abundance of breeding birds in the UK. Bird Study 56 : 233-243 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063650902792098)
Norton, L., Johnson, P., Joys, A., Stuart, R., Chamberlain, D., Feber, R., Firbank, L., Manley, W., Wolfe, M., Hart, B., Mathews, F., MacDonald, D. & Fuller, R.J. 2009. Consequences of organic and non-organic farming practices for field, farm and landscape complexity. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 129 : 221-227 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2008.09.002)
Robinson, R.A., Juillard, R. & Saracco, J.F. 2009. Constant effort: studying avian population processes using standardised ringing. Ringing & Migration 24 : 199-204 View Abstract