Garden BirdWatch Organiser
Kate leads the BTO's Garden Ecology team and co-ordinates the programme of garden ecology surveys and research, within the Communications department.
Interests & Responsibilities
Kate has overall responsibility for running for Garden BirdWatch, a 'citizen science' project where volunteers record birds and other taxa using their gardens on a weekly, year-round basis, as well as additional garden-based surveys. Kate is interested in the research and conservation applications of our garden wildlife data.
Ringing trainer and 'A' permit holder, and worked in the BTO Ringing team 2004-2007
Organised the BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey 2007-2014
Previously a member of the New Networks for Nature Steering Group
BTO contact for the Garden Wildlife Health partnership
QualificationsBSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Nottingham 1998-2001
Recent BTO Publications
Content Related to Kate Risely
What we can learn from 25 years of watching gardens
Exploring the value of a complete quarter-century of weekly garden bird observations from BTO's Garden BirdWatch covering the length and breadth of the country.
Is bird feeding changing Britain's garden bird communities?
Newly published research from BTO shows how the popular pastime of feeding the birds is significantly shaping garden bird communities in Britain.
Garden BirdWatchers allow us to better understand disease in British finches
Weekly reports from BTO Garden BirdWatchers, as well as ad hoc sightings of disease from members of the public to Garden Wildlife Health, have aided our understanding of leg lesions (more commonly referred to as ‘scaly...