Latest Research

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.

Juvenile Great Tit, photograph by Jill Pakenham

Climate change: from egg laying to multi-taxa modelling

Data from our Nest Record Scheme are enabling an increased understanding of how climate change is affecting the timing of breeding in birds.
Gulls, photograph by David Williams

Assessing offshore wind farm impact assessments for breeding seabirds

As the number of offshore wind farms increases, it is important to correctly assess the impact that these developments can have on wildlife. New research led by the BTO examines this situation for seabirds, considering the current environmental impact assessment process in light of the key factors that determine seabird population dynamics.