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.

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)
Gillings, S., Henderson, I.G., Morris, A.J. & Vickery, J.A. 2010. Assessing the implications of the loss of set-aside for farmland birds. Ibis 152 : 713-723 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2010.01058.x)
Rands, M.R.W., Adams, W.M., Bennun, L., Butchart, S.H.M., Clements A., Coomes, D., Entwistle, A., Hodge, I., Kapos, V., Scharlemann, J.P.W., Sutherland, W.J. & Vira, B. 2010. Biodiversity Conservation: challenges beyond 2010. Science 329 : 1 298-1 303 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1126/science.1189138)
Gillings, S., Swann, B., Balmer D. & Wernham C. 2010. Bird Atlas 2007-11: measuring change in bird distribution and abundance. Book title: The Changing Nature of Scotland The Stationery Office, Edinburgh
Clark, J.A., Robinson, R.A., du Feu, C., Wright, L.J., Conway, G.J., Blackburn, J.R., Leech, D.I., Barber, L.J., de Palacio, D., Griffin, B.M., Moss, D. & Schaefer, S. 2010. Bird ringing in Britain and Ireland in 2009. Ringing & Migration 25 : 88-127 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2010.9674421)
Burton, N.H.K., Musgrove, A.J., Rehfisch, M.M. & Clark, N.A. 2010. Birds of the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel: their current status and key environmental issues. Marine Pollution Bulletin 61 : 115-123 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2009.12.018)
Rhymer, C.M., Robinson, R.A., Smart, J. & Whittingham, M.J. 2010. Can ecosystem services be integrated with conservaton? A case study of breeding waders on grassland. Ibis 152 : 698-712 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2010.01049.x)
Guillemain, M., Devineau, O., Gauthier-Clerc, M., Hearn, R., King, R., Simon, G. & Grantham, M. 2010. Changes in ring recovery rates over the last 50 years: shall we continue to ring ducks?. Journal of Ornithology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-010-0546-4)
Fuller, R.J., Humphreys, E.M., Wilson, J.D., Hoccom, D. & Calladine, J. 2010. Changes in the breeding wader populations of the machair of the Western Isles, Scotland, between 2000 and 2007. Bird Study 57 : 121-124 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063650903196893)
Clements, A. 2010. Conservation in action in Britain & Ireland. Book title: Silent Summer: the state of wildlife in Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Douglas, D.J.T., Benton, T.G. & Vickery, J.A. 2010. Contrasting patch selection of breeding Yellowhammers Emberiza citrinella in set-aside and cereal crops. Bird Study 57 : 69-74 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063650903311518)
Holt, C.A., Atkinson, P.W., Vickery, J.A. & Fuller, R.J. 2010. Do field margin characteristics influence songbird nest-site selection in adjacent hedgerows?. Bird Study 57 : 392-395 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063651003674938)
Chamberlain, D.E., Joys, A., Johnson, P.J., Norton, L., Feber, R.E. & Fuller, R.J. 2010. Does organic farming benefit farmland birds in winter?. Biology Letters 6 : 82-84 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0643)
Toms, M. 2010. Eagle Owls in Great Britain: an assessment of potential impacts. BOU Proceedings 2010 - The Impacts of non-native Species View Abstract
Robinson, R.A., Lawson, B., Toms, M.P., Peck, K.M., Kirkwood, J.K., Chantrey, J., Clatworthy, I.R., Evans, A.D., Hughes, L.A., Hutchinson, O.C., John, S.K., Pennycott, T.W., Perkins, M.W., Rowley, S.A., Simpson, V.R., Tyler, K.M. & Cunningham, A.A. 2010. Emerging infectious disease leads to rapid populations declines of common British birds. PLOS ONE 5 (part 8) Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0012215)
Toms, M., Humphreys, L. & Wernham, C. 2010. Engaging with biodiversity in Scotland's gardens: the role of the BTO's Garden BirdWatch. Book title: Proceedings of The Changing Nature of Scotland Conference, Perth, September 2009 Scottish Natural Heritage
Davey, C.M., Vickery, J.A., Boatman, N.D., Chamberlain, D.E. & Siriwardena, G.M. 2010. Entry Level Stewardship may enhance bird numbers in boundary habitats. Bird Study 57 : 415-420 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2010.505642)
Lawson, B., Howard, T., Kirkwood, J.K., Macgregor, S.K., Perkins, M., Robinson, R.A., Ward, L.R. and Cunningham, A.A. 2010. Epidemiology of salmonellosis in garden birds in England and wales, 1993 to 2003. Ecohealth 7 (part 3) : 294-306 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10393-010-0349-3)
Eigenbrod, F., Armsworth, P.R., Anderson, B.J., Heinemeyer, A., Gillings, S., Roy, D.B., Thomas, C.D. & Gaston, K.J. 2010. Error propagation associated with benefits transfer based mapping of ecosystems. Biological Conservation 143 : 2 487-2 493 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.06.015)
Robinson, R.A. 2010. Estimating age-specific survival rates from historical ringing data. Ibis 152 : 651-653 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2010.01032.x)
Burton, N.H.K., Thaxter, C.B., Cook, A.S.C.P., Austin, G.E., Wright, L.J. & Clark, N.A. 2010. Evaluating the potential impacts of tidal power schemes on estuarine waterbirds. BOU Proceedings 2010 - Climate Change and Birds View Abstract
Holt, C.A., Fuller. R.J. & Dolman. P.M. 2010. Experimental evidence that deer browsing reduces habitat suitability for breeding Common Nightingales Luscinia megarhynchos. Ibis 152 : 335-346 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2010.01012.x)
Baker, P.J., Thomas, R.L., Newson, S.E., Thompson, V. & Paling, N.R.D. 2010. Habitat associations and breeding bird community composition within the city of Bristol, UK. Bird Study 57 : 183-196 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063650903490270)
Austin, G.E., Cook, A.S.C.P., Maclean, I.M.D., Mitchell, P.I., Rehfisch, M.M. & Wright, L.J. 2010. Healthy & Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group Technical Report Series: Evaluation and gap analysis of current and potential indicators for Seabirds & Waterbirds. JNCC, Peterborough.
Douglas, D.J.T., Newson, S.E., Leech, D.I., Noble, D.G. & Robinson, R.A. 2010. How important are climate-induced changes in host availability for population processes in an obligate brood parasite, the European cuckoo?. Oikos Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2010.18388.x)