Latest Research

Peregrine by Nathan Guttridge

Breeding Peregrines on the up thanks to growth of lowland populations

The return of breeding Peregrines to former haunts, and the colonisation of urban sites such as industrial buildings and cathedrals, has not gone unnoticed by birdwatchers. It is only now, however, with the publication of the results from the latest national Peregrine survey, that we can put figures on the changing fortunes of this stunning bird of prey.
Lesser Black-backed Gull - Edmund Fellowes

Dodging the blades: gulls and wind farms

Initial findings suggest that Lesser Black-backed Gulls in north-west England fly within wind farms, but may avoid wind turbines once there.

Whinchat - Edmund Fellowes

Monitoring has no effect on Whinchat nests

Monitoring nests has no effect on daily survival rates of young, finds a new paper funded by BTO and NERC. 
Willow Warbler

Does the early bird catch the caterpillar?

Recently published research led by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) sheds new light on the impact that climate change has had on common and widespread songbirds across the UK.

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.

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