Latest Research

Crested Tit - Sarah Kelman

Can volunteers’ data be used to monitor land cover change?

A new study shows that Breeding Bird Survey data can help with habitat monitoring. 
Cuckoo - Edmund Fellowes

Cuckoos: England’s loss is Scotland’s gain

The Cuckoo is quickly declining from the English countryside, but this new study using BTO data shows that despite its decline in the south of the UK, it is increasing in the Scottish Highlands, the population is increasing.
Woodcock - Graham Giddens

Understanding the influence of habitat upon breeding Woodcock numbers in Britain

Woodcock are in long-term decline. Due to incomplete knowledge of their habitat requirements, there is uncertainty as to what causes these declines. A BTO/GWCT survey investigates Woodcock habitat associations. 
Nightingale - John Spaull

Counting songs: estimating the UK’s Nightingale population

A new study led by BTO estimates the UK Nightingale population at 5095 – 5983 territorial males. The study also highlights the importance of Lodge Hill SSSI as important sites and discusses the use of appropriate methodology when estimating populations for scarcer species.
Grey Partridge, by Jill Pakenham

Valuing biodiversity - the importance of looking at multiple species and values

The valuing of biodiversity for human benefit has become an important principle for those involved in making decisions about the management of natural resources. There is, however, a need to understand just what ‘valuing’ biodiversity really means, and to determine which species within a community contribute to which values and to what degree. Few studies have attempted to score species objectively across the different ways of valuing nature and biodiversity, so this paper provides some valuable insight.

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