BTO Northern Ireland publications

Recent publications written by and resulting from work by BTO Northern Ireland staff.

Recent BTO Northern Ireland publications

Peer-reviewed papers
A speckly brown wading bird with a red bill standing in a field

Loss of breeding waders from key lowland grassland sites in Northern Ireland

2022 | Booth Jones, K.A., O’Connell, P., Wolsey, S., Carrington-Cotton, A., Noble, D.G., McCulloch, N. & Calladine, J.R. Irish Birds

Research Reports
Tagged gull in flight by Katherine Booth Jones

Belfast’s urban gulls: an assessment of breeding populations, breeding season movements and winter population

2022 | Booth Jones, K., Thaxter, C., Clewley, G., Wolsey, S., Calbrade, N., Atkinson, P., Calladine, J. & Burton, N.

Northern Ireland Seabird Report
Shag. John Harding / BTO

Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2021

2022 | Booth Jones, K.

Fulmars continue to decline across most sites, while large gulls buck the national trends and are increasing across Northern Ireland. 

Northern Ireland Seabird Report
Sandwich Tern. Philip Croft.

Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2020

2021 | Booth Jones, K.

Tern colonies around Northern Ireland had a catastrophic year. Despite this, many seabirds such as Guillemots had a good breeding season.

Peer-reviewed papers
Oystercatcher feeding along the shoreline

Wader populations on the UK’s open coast: results of the 2015/16 Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey (NEWS-III) and a review of population trends

Wader population trends on the UK's open coast

2021 | Humphreys, E.M., Austin, G.E., Frost, T.M., Mellan, H.J., Boersch-Supan, P., Burton, N.H.K., Balmer, D.E. Bird Study

Newly published research from BTO underlines the importance of the UK’s rocky shores and sandy beaches for waterbird species.

BirdTrends
Meadow Pipit. Graham Clarke

BirdTrends 2020: Trends in numbers, breeding success and survival for UK breeding birds

2021 | Woodward, I.D., Massimino, D., Hammond, M.J., Barber, L., Barimore, C., Harris, S.J., Leech, D.I., Noble, D.G., Walker, R.H., Baillie, S.R. & Robinson, R.A.

The BTO's BirdTrends report is a one-stop shop for information about the population status of the common breeding birds of the wider UK countryside.

Research Reports
Northern Ireland Lowland Breeding Wader Survey (cover)

Northern Ireland Lowland Breeding Wader Survey

2021 | Booth Jones, K., O’Connell, P., Calladine, J., Noble, D., Wolsey, S., Carrington-Cotton A. & Wernham, C. BTO Research Report 731

The State of the UK's Birds
BTO volunteers. David Tipling

The State of the UK's Birds 2020

2020 | Burns, F., Eaton, M.A., Balmer, D.E., Banks, A., Caldow, R., Donelan, J.L., Douse, A., Duigan, C., Foster, S., Frost, T., Grice, P.V., Hall, C., Hanmer, H.J., Harris, S.J., Johnstone, I., Lindley, P., McCulloch, N., Noble, D.G., Risely, K., Robinson, R.A. & Wotton, S.

Providing an annual overview of the status of the UK’s breeding and non-breeding bird species in the UK, this year’s report highlights the continuing poor fortunes of the UK’s woodland birds, and the huge efforts of BTO volunteers collecting data.

Research Reports
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Audit of local studies of breeding Curlew and other waders in Britain and Ireland

2020 | Wilson, M., Calladine, J. & Wernham, C.

The Eurasian Curlew is widely considered to be one of the highest bird conservation priorities in the UK and Ireland. A number of other breeding waders have also showed marked declines during a similar time frame, and a multitude of field initiatives across Britain and Ireland have been established, or tailored, to support conservation of these wader species. This audit aimed to collate information from as many of these breeding wader projects as possible, to allow BTO to assess how best it might assist local to national initiatives through partnership working in future.

Northern Ireland Seabird Report
Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2019 cover

Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2019

2020 | Booth Jones, K.

Key findings of the Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2019 include promising news about Kittiwarke numbers.

Peer-reviewed papers
Pheasant. Jill Pakenham.

Associations between gamebird releases and general predators

2019 | Pringle, H., Wilson, M., Calladine, J. & Siriwardena, G.M. Journal of Applied Ecology

Pheasants and Red-legged Partridges for commercial shoots may be boosting numbers of the avian predators and scavengers.

Northern Ireland Seabird Report
BTO Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2018 cover

Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2018

2019 |

Annual report on the breeding abundance and success for marine species monitored around the coastline of Northern Ireland.

Peer-reviewed papers
Peregrine by Nathan Guttridge

The breeding population of Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands in 2014

Breeding Peregrines on the up thanks to growth of lowland populations

2018 | Wilson, M. W., Balmer, D. E., Jones, K., King, V. A., Raw, D., Rollie, C. J., Rooney, E., Ruddock, M., Smith, G.D., Stevenson, A., Stirling-Aird, P.K., Wernham, C. V., Weston, J. M. & Noble, D.G. Bird Study

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.

Northern Ireland Seabird Report
Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2017 cover

Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2017

2018 |

Annual report of breeding abundance and success figures for species monitored around the coastline of Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Seabird Report
Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2016 cover

Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2016

2017 |

Annual report on the breeding abundance and success for marine species monitored around the coastline of Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Seabird Report
Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2018 cover

Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2015

2015 |

Annual report on the breeding abundance and success for marine species monitored around the coastline of Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Seabird Report
Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2014 cover

Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2014

2015 |

Annual report on the breeding abundance and success for marine species monitored around the coastline of Northern Ireland.

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