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Red Kite. Jill Pakenham

State of Nature report 2019

The current state of nature

2019 |

An overview of how the country’s wildlife is faring, looking back over nearly 50 years of monitoring to see how nature has changed.

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Flowers of the Brecks Part 2: Wetland, Woodland & Farmland

2019 | Mike Crewe

Climatic and soil conditions in the Brecks are such that a particularly notable assemblage of plants is found locally.

BTO books and guides

Animals of the Brecks: Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians

2019 | Mike Toms & Stuart Newson

Breckland hosts a broad range of mammal, reptile and amphibian species which, because of their often secretive nature, can be difficult to track down without some local knowledge.

Peer-reviewed papers

Assessing factors associated with changes in the numbers of birds visiting gardens in winter: Are predators partly to blame?

2019 | Swallow, B., Buckland, S.T., King, R & Toms, M.P. Ecology and Evolution

Peer-reviewed papers

Foraging ecology mediates response to ecological mismatch during migratory stopover

2019 | Tucker, A.M., McGowan, C.P., Catalano, M.J., DeRose‐Wilson, A., Robinson, R.A. & Zimmerman, J. Ecosphere

Peer-reviewed papers

Road exposure and the detectability of birds in field surveys

2019 | Cooke, S.C., Balmford, A., Johnston, A., Massimino, D., Newson, S.E. & Donald, P.F. Ibis

Peer-reviewed papers

Wind‐associated detours promote seasonal migratory connectivity in a flapping flying long‐distance avian migrant

2019 | Norevik, G., Åkesson, S., Artois, T., Beenaerts, N., Conway, G., Cresswell, B., Evens, R., Henderson, I., Jiguet, F. & Hedenström, A. Journal of Animal Ecology

State of Nature Report
Red Kite. Jill Pakenham

State of Nature report 2019

The current state of nature

2019 |

An overview of how the country’s wildlife is faring, looking back over nearly 50 years of monitoring to see how nature has changed.

Peer-reviewed papers

The influence of different aspects of grouse moorland management on nontarget bird assemblages

2019 | Littlewood, N.A, Mason, T.H.E., Hughes, M., Jacques, R., Whittingham, M.J. & Willis, S.G. Ecology and Evolution

Peer-reviewed papers

Contrasting population trends of Common Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) across Europe

2019 | Heldbjerg, H., Fox, A.D., Lehikoinen, A., Sunde, P., Aunins, A., Balmer, D.E., Calvi, G., Chodkiewicz, T., Chylarecki, P., Escandell, V., Foppen, R., Gamero, A., Hristov, I., Husby, M., Jiguet, F., Kmecl, P., Kålås, J.A., Lewis, L.J., Lindström, Å., Moshøj, C., Nellis, R., Paquet, J-Y., Portolou, D., Ridzon, J., Schmid, H., Skorpilová, J., Szabó, Z.D., Szép, T., Teufelbauer, N., Trautmann, S., van Turnhout, C., Vermouzek, Z., Voríšek, P. & Weiserbs, A. Ornis Fennica

Peer-reviewed papers

Avian vulnerability to wind farm collision through the year: insights from Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus) tracked from multiple breeding colonies

2019 | Thaxter, C.B., Ross-Smith, V.H., Bouten, W., Clark, N.A., Conway, G.J., Masden, E.A., Clewley, G.D., Barber, L.J. & Burton, N.H.K. Journal of Applied Ecology

New BTO research has explored how vulnerable Lesser Black-backed Gulls breeding in Britain are to collisions with wind turbines whilst on migration and during the winter months, as well as during the breeding season.

Peer-reviewed papers
Reed Warbler perching in reeds by Amy Lewis, BTO

One-third of English breeding bird species show evidence of population responses to climatic variables over 50 years

Population growth rates affected by climatic variables

2019 | Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Crick, H.Q.P. Bird Study

Research by BTO and Natural England, suggests that climate change has had a detectable impact on a sizeable proportion of England’s avifauna over the last 50 years.

Research Reports
Fitting a Goshawk with a GPS tracking device

A world informed by science: the impact of BTO in 2012–18

2019 | Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Robinson, R.A. (Eds)

An assessment of the impact of BTO science over the period 2012–2018, this report was part of the evidence provided to an independent expert review panel.

Peer-reviewed papers
Song Thrush. Jill Pakenham.

Bird responses to housing development in intensively managed agricultural landscapes

2019 | Gillings, S. Urban Ecosystems

Like in many countries, Britain faces the challenge of housing a growing population, but urban expansion to address this can lead to locally high rates of biodiversity loss, along with fragmentatio

Peer-reviewed papers

The environmental predictors of spatio-temporal variation in the breeding phenology of a passerine bird

2019 | Shutt, J.D., Cabello, I.B., Keogan, K., Leech, D.I., Samplonius, J.M., Whittle, L., Burgess, M.D. & Phillimore, A.B. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Warmer springs have seen many of our birds breeding earlier, but scientists still do not know how they actually decide when to start building nests and laying eggs.

Peer-reviewed papers

Quantifying nutrient inputs by gulls to a fluctuating lake, aided by movement ecology methods

2019 | Martín‐Vélez, V., Sánchez, M.I., Shamoun‐Baranes, J. Thaxter, C.B., Stienen, E.W.M., Camphuysen, C.J. & Green, A.J. Freshwater Biology

Peer-reviewed papers

Increasing crop heterogeneity enhances multitrophic diversity across agricultural regions

2019 | Sirami, C., Gross, N., Bosem Baillod, A., Bertrand, C., Carrié, R., Hass, A., Henckel, L., Miguet, P., Vuillot, C., Alignier, A., Girard, J., Batár, P., Clough, Y., Violle, C., Giralt, D., Bota, G., Badenhausser, I., Lefebvre, G., Gauffre, B., Vialatte, A., Calatayud, F., Gil-Tenam A,, Tischendorf, L., Mitchell, S., Lindsay, K., Georges, R., Hilaire, S., Recasens, J., Solé-Senan, X.O., Robleño, I., Bosch, J., Barrientos, J.A., Ricarte, A., Marcos-Garcia, M.A., Miñano, J., Mathevet, R., Gibon, A., Baudry, J., Balent, G., Poulin, B., Burel, F., Tscharntke, T., Bretagnolle, V., Siriwardena, G.M., Ouin, A., Brotons, L., Martin, J.-L. & Fahrig, L. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Peer-reviewed papers
House Sparrow, John Harding

Avian malaria-mediated population decline of a widespread iconic bird species

Avian malaria linked to decline in London's House Sparrows

2019 | Dadam, D., Robinson, R.A., Clements, A., Peach, W.J., Bennett, M., Rowcliffe, J.M. & Cunningham, A.A. Royal Society Open Science

The once ubiquitous House Sparrow is now absent from many urban areas. New research suggests that malarial parasites may be involved in this decline.

Peer-reviewed papers

Agri-environment effects on birds in Wales: Tir Gofal benefited woodland and hedgerow species

2019 | Dadam, D. & Siriwardena, G.M. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment

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.

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