Getting more out of Ringing and Nest Recording
A key aim for the BTO is to understand how populations change in order to inform effective conservation policies. The demographic monitoring schemes (Ringing and Nest Record Schemes, CES and RAS) have a critical part to play in this by providing information on survival, productivity and dispersal with which to interpret data on abundance collected by schemes such as BBS and WeBS. Much of this work is undertaken within the BTO/JNCC Partnership and, as part of the renewal of the Partnership Agreement, we have identified a need to develop improved targeting of demographic monitoring effort during the current Partnership period (2010-2016) to better support conservation policies. A key goal of this targeting is to increase the number of species for which good quality demographic analyses can be produced (and hence for which causes of population change may be inferred) and to provide measures of cross species patterns that are indicative of broad environmental change, such as trends towards earlier laying dates linked to climate change and changes in survival in response to changing agricultural practices.
How the strategy was developed
Taking things forward
Songbird ID (3 sessions, Wednesdays 10am)
This course involves three weekly online sessions of 100 minutes, with a trainer:participant ratio of about 1:30. Participants' microphones are muted during the sessions but there is a large interactive component,...
Tackling the challenge of avian influenza
Director of Science James Pearce-Higgins discusses Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and BTO's role in the response to the current outbreak.