Latest Research

Speckled Bush-cricket, photograph by Tom Houslay

Sounding them out: bush-cricket conservation via bat monitoring

New research led by the BTO shows how existing our pioneering bat monitoring work via the Norfolk Bat Survey could improve our understanding of bush-crickets - a species group that is difficult to monitor, being hard to see and almost impossible to hear.
Nightjar, photograph by John Bowers

Unravelling the mysteries of Nightjar migration

New research involving the BTO has revealed important information about the migration routes and wintering grounds of the Nightjar for the first time. Their main wintering area is now known to be located in the Savannah and scrub forests, to the south of the central African tropical Rainforests, mainly in the southern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, while key differences were also found between birds' spring and autumn migration routes.
Stonechat, photograph by Graham Clarke

Birds and butterflies struggle to adapt to climate change where natural habitat is lacking

New collaborative research involving the BTO has looked at the impact of climate change and habitat loss on a suite on British bird and butterfly species.
Wind farm, photograph by Tommy Holden

Assessing the impact of offshore wind farms on seabird populations

New research from the BTO has examined the different analytical tools used to assess the likely population-level impact of offshore wind farm developments on seabirds, finding that these vary widely and are influenced to a large extent by the assumptions made at the start of the analysis.
Privet Hawk Moth caterpillar, photograph by Mike Toms

Butterfly and moth responses to temperature vary with season

BTO has led the way in developing a new indicator to detect the effects of climate change on ecological communities, using British butterflies and moths as an example.