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.

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)
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)