Ian Woodward

Research Ecologist

Ian supports the Ecologists within BTO who are undertaking research into bird populations and ecology.

Interests & Responsibilities

Ian's work is predominantly supporting marine research projects within the Wetlands and Marine team, for example analysing data for offshore wind farm proposals. He is also involved in other BTO research work including the House Martin project.

Other Information

Ian has a lifelong interest in birds and am an experienced field surveyor. Prior to undertaking his current role, Ian worked as a Field Ornithologist for BTO on woodland and farmland projects, and has also organised BTO survey coverage in North London and Essex as a (voluntary) BTO Regional Representative.

Since 2007, he has been leading the London Bird Atlas project (for the London Natural History Society in conjunction with the BTO Atlas), and final results of this work are currently being written up.

Apart from BTO surveys, previous research and survey work has included monitoring Mandarin and House Martin populations in north-east London, and research investigating the breeding ecology of a population of Tufted Ducks for his MSc dissertation project (‘Analysis of breeding Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) numbers at Walthamstow Reservoirs SSSI: Implications for Common Standards Monitoring methodology and site management’, report for Natural England, 2009)


MSc Conservation (Distinction), University College London, 2008 - 2009

Recent BTO Publications

Kettel, E.F., Woodward, I.D., Balmer, D.E. & Noble, D.G. 2020. Using citizen science to assess drivers of Common House Martin breeding performance. Ibis View at journal website (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12888)
Woodward, I., Aebischer, N., Burnell, D., Eaton, M., Frost, T., Hall, C., Stroud, S. & Noble, D. 2020. APEP 4 - Population estimates of birds in Great Britain and the United Kingdom. British Birds 113 : 69-104
Frost, T.M., Austin,G.E., Hearn, R.D., McAvoy, S.G., Robinson, A.E., Stroud, D.A., Woodward, I.D. & Wotton, S.R. 2019. Population estimates of wintering waterbirds in Great Britain. British Birds 112 : 130-145 Link to publication 16pp
Woodward, I.D., Calbrade, N.A. & Austin, G.E. 2018. Analysis of Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) Data for The Humber Estuary SSSI, SAC, SPA and Ramsar site: Third appraisal - sector-level trends to winter 2016/17. Research Report no. 709. ISBN: 978-1-912642-09-0 268pp
Robinson, R.A., Leech D.I., Massimino, D., Woodward I., Hammond, M.J., Harris, S.J., Noble, D.G., Walker, R.H., Eglington, S.M., Marchant, J.H.Sullivan, M.J.P., & Baillie, S.R. 2016. Bird Trends 2016: trends in numbers, breeding success and survival for UK breeding birds. Research Report no. 691. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford, Norfolk Link to publication
Ian D. Woodward, Viola H. Ross-Smith, Rafael Pérez-Domínguez, Mark M. Rehfisch and Graham E. Austin 2015. The Wash Bird Decline Investigation 2014. Research Report no. 660. ISBN: 978-1-908581-52-5 113pp

Other Publications

Woodward, I., Bray, J., Marchant, J, Austin, J. & Calladine, J. 2015. A review of literature on the qualifying interest species of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in the Firth of Forth and development related influences. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No.804 http://www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/publications/commissioned_reports/804.pdf 

Woodward, I. & Arnold, R. 2012.  The changing status of the breeding birds of the inner London area.  British Birds 105: 433-457

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