Latest Research

Common Pipistrelle by Amy Lewis

Scanning for Scottish bats

With the need to better understand the distribution of rare and vulnerable bats to help minimise risk posed by wind farms, this study used the power of citizen science to rewrite the bat distribution maps in southern Scotland.
Red Grouse - Sarah Kelman

Climate change will change bird communities

With climate change a continuing pressure on birds, this new study discovered the effects it may have on existing and future populations.
Avocet - Amy Lewis

Wavering Waterbirds

Protected sites are assigned based on population statistics for vulnerable and endangered species. This new study using WeBS data shows that changes in population size can affect local abundance, and thus influence whether or not key targets are met for site protection.
Wind Farm - Dawn Balmer

Wind farms and biodiversity: a collision course?

The development of green energy is more important than ever. One of the most well-developed and cheaply available options is wind power, but there is evidence that wind farms can also have a negative impact on biodiversity. 

Golden Oriole - Chris Knights

British birds more likely to go extinct

The UK has lost seven species of breeding birds in the last 200 years. Conservation efforts to prevent this from happening to other species, both in the UK and around the world, are guided by species’ priorities lists, which are often informed by data on range, population size and the degree of decline or increase in numbers. This paper presents the first analysis of British birds using the IUCN Red List criteria.

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