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Redwing. Liz Cutting

Nocturnal flight calling behaviour of thrushes in relation to artificial light at night

Nocturnal thrushes affected by artificial light

2021 | Gillings, S. & Scott, C. Ibis

New research from BTO has investigated the effect of artificial light at night on birds, indicating that nocturnal migrants are attracted to more brightly lit areas.

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The Breeding Bird Survey Report
Willow Warbler. Edmund Fellowes.

The Breeding Bird Survey 2020

A tale of two warblers

2021 | Harris, S.J., Massimino, D., Balmer, D.E., Eaton, M.A., Noble, D.G., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Woodcock, P. & Gillings, S.

Fortunes of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers revealed in the latest BTO/JNCC/RSPB 2020 Breeding Bird Birvey report.

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Redwing. Liz Cutting

Nocturnal flight calling behaviour of thrushes in relation to artificial light at night

Nocturnal thrushes affected by artificial light

2021 | Gillings, S. & Scott, C. Ibis

New research from BTO has investigated the effect of artificial light at night on birds, indicating that nocturnal migrants are attracted to more brightly lit areas.

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Tree Pipit by Chris Knights

Evaluating the potential effects of capturing and handling on subsequent observations of a migratory passerine through individual acoustic monitoring

Individual Tree Pipits identified by song

2021 | Petrusková, T., Kahounová, H., Pišvejcová, I., Čermáková, A., Brinke, T., Burton, N.H.K. & Petrusek, A. Journal of Avian Biology

Acoustic monitoring is shown to be a valuable non-intrusive method of identifying individual birds in this new research.

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Avocets. Allan Drewitt

Climate change exposure of waterbird species in the African-Eurasian flyways

Future of waterbirds predicted by new international study

2021 | Nagy, S., Breiner, F.T., Anand, M., Butchart, S.H.M., Flörke, M., Fluet-Chouinard, E., Antoine Guisan, A., Hilarides, L., Jones, V.R., Kalyakin, M., Lehner, B., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Olga Voltzit, O. Bird Conservation International

Taking action to protect waterbirds against climate change will require a unified approach

Research Reports
BTO Research Report 735 cover

Pilot study to investigate Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) feeding behaviour to enhance bird food modelling and shellfisheries management on The Wash

2021 | Clewley, G.D., Franks, S.E., Clark, N.A. & Robinson, R.A. BTO Research Report 735

Waterbirds in the UK
Waterbirds in the UK 2019/20

Waterbirds in the UK 2019/20

2021 | Frost, T.M., Calbrade, N.A., Birtles, G.A., Hall, C., Robinson, A.E., Wotton, S.R., Balmer, D.E. and Austin, G.E.

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Male Blackcap. Benjamin Van Doren

Human activity shapes the wintering ecology of a migratory bird

Feeding garden birds changes Blackcap migration patterns

2021 | Van Doren, B.M., Conway, G.J., Phillips, R.J., Evans, G.C., Roberts, G.C.M., Liedvogel, M. & Sheldon, B.C. Global Change Biology

New research using data from BTO's Ringing Scheme and Garden BirdWatch shows how we are shaping the natural world through actions in our own back gardens.

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Curlew chick. Liz Cutting

Predator management for breeding waders: a review of current evidence and priority knowledge gaps

2021 | Laidlaw, R.A., Smart, J., Ewing, H., Franks, S.E., Belting, H., Donaldson, L., Hilton, G.M., Hiscock, N., Hoodless, A.N., Hughes, B., Jarrett, N.S., Kentie, R., Kleyheeg, E., Lee, R., Roodbergen, M., Scott, D.M., Short, M.J., Syroechkovskiy, E.E., Teunissen, W., Ward, H., White, G. & Gill, J.A, Wader Study

Research Reports
BTO Research Report 733 cover

Incidence of road mortality in ringed raptors and owls: a spatial analysis

2021 | Hanmer, H.J. & Robinson, R.A. BTO Research Report 733

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Bird surveyer. David Tipling

Long-term and large-scale multispecies dataset tracking population changes of common European breeding birds

2021 | Brlík, V., Šilarová, E., Škorpilová, J., Alonso, H., Anton, M., Aunins, A., Benkö, Z., Biver, G., Busch, M., Chodkiewicz, T., Chylarecki, P., Coombes, D., de Carli, E., del Moral, J.C., Derouaux, A., Escandell, V., Eskildsen, D.P., Fontaine, B., Foppen, R.P.B., Gamero, A., Gregory, R.D., Harris, S., Herrando, S., Hristov, I., Husby, M., Ieronymidou, C., Jiquet, F., Kålås, J.A., Kamp, J., Kmecl, P., Kurlavičius, P., Lehikoinen, A., Lewis, L., Lindström, Å., Manolopoulos, A., Martí, D., Massimino, D., Moshøj, C., Nellis, R., Noble, D., Paquet, A., Paquet, J.-Y., Portolou, D., Ramírez, I., Redel, C., Reif, J., Ridzoň, J., Schmid, H., Seaman, B., Silva, L., Soldaat, L., Spasov, S., Staneva, A., Szép, T., Florenzano, G.T., Teufelbauer, N., Trautmann, S., van der Meij, T., van Strien, A., van Turnhout, C., Vermeersch, G., Vermouzek, Z., Vikstrøm, T., Voříšek, P., Weiserbs, A. & Klvaňová, A. Scientific Data

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.

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Interventions can shift the thermal optimum for parasitic disease transmission

2021 | Nguyen, K.H., Boersch-Supan, P.H., Hartman, R.B., Mendiola, S.Y., Harwood, V.J., Civitello, D.J. & Rohr, J.R. Proceedings of the National Academy of the United States of America

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Shelduck in flight. Liz Cutting

Migratory movements of British and Irish Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna: a review of ringing data and a pilot tracking study to inform potential interactions with offshore wind farms in the North Sea

Shelduck migratory paths cross potential wind farm sites

2021 | Green, R.M.W., Burton, N.H.K. & Cook, A.S.C.P. Ringing & Migration

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Climate and land use changes: similarity in range and abundance changes of birds in Finland and Great Britain

2021 | Lehikoinen, A., Johnston A. & Massimino, D. Ornis Fennica

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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.

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BTO survey volunteers, David Tipling

Covariation in population trends and demography reveals targets for conservation action

2021 | Morrison, C.A., Butler, S.J., Robinson, R.A., Clark, J.A., Arizaga, J., Aunins, A., Baltà, O., Cepák, J., Chodkiewicz, T., Escandell, V., Foppen, R.P.B., Gregory, R.D., Husby, M., Jiguet, F., Kålås, J.A., Lehikoinen, A., Lindström, Å., Moshøj, C.M., Nagy, K., Nebot, A.L., Piha, M., Reif, J., Sattler, T., Škorpilová, J., Szép, T., Norbert Teufelbauer, N., Thorup, K., van Turnhout, C., Wenninger, T. & Gill, J.A. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

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.

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Grey Wagtail. Tom Streeter.

Populations of high‐value predators reflect the traits of their prey

2021 | Gutiérrez‐Cánovas, C., Worthington, T.A., Jâms, I.B., Noble, D.G., Perkins, D.M., Vaughan, I.P., Woodward, G., Ormerod, S.J. & Durance, I. Ecography

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European Badger. Sarah Kelman

A comparison of breeding bird populations inside and outside of European Badger Meles meles control areas

New BTO research investigates the effect of Badger control on bird populations

2021 | Kettel, E.F., Lakin, I., Heydown, M.J., Siriwardena, G.M. Bird Study

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Effect of a joint policy statement by nine UK shooting and rural organisations on the use of lead shotgun ammunition for hunting common pheasants Phasianus colchicus in Britain

2021 | Green, R.E., Taggart, M.A., Pain, D.J., Clark, N.A., Clewley, L., Cromie, R., Elliot, B., Green, R.M.W., Huntley, B., Huntley, J., Leslie, R., Porter, R., Robinson, J.A., Smith, K.W., Smith, L., Spencer, J. & Stroud, D. Conservation Evidence


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