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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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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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New estimates of the size and trend of the world population of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper using three independent statistical models

2021 | Green, R.E., Syroechkovskiy, E.E., Anderson, G.Q.A., Chang, Q., Chowdhury, S.U., Clark, J.A., Mohammod Foysal, M., Gerasimov, Y., Hughes, B., Kelly, C., Lappo, E., Lee, R., Leung, K.K.S., Li, J., Loktionov, E.Y., Melville, D.S., Phillips, J., Tomkovich, P.S., Weston, E., Weston, J., Yakushev, N. & Clark, N.A. Wader Study

Research Reports
Northern Ireland Lowland Breeding Wader Survey (cover)

Northern Ireland Lowland Breeding Wader Survey

2021 | Booth Jones, K., O’Connell, P., Calladine, J., Noble, D., Wolsey, S., Carrington-Cotton A. & Wernham, C. BTO Research Report 731

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Pied Flycatcher. Edmund Fellowes

Latitudinal variation in arrival and breeding phenology of the pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca using large-scale citizen science data

Citizen science reveals patterns in Pied Flycatcher breeding

2021 | Nicolau, P.G., Burgess, M.D., Marques, T.A., Baillie, S.R., Moran, N.J., Leech, D.I. & Johnston, A. Journal of Avian Biology

New research uses data from BirdTrack and the Nest Record Scheme to investigate how adaptable breeding Pied Flycatchers are to a changing climate.

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Spatial patterns of weed dispersal by wintering gulls within and beyond an agricultural landscape

2021 | Martín‐Vélez, V., van Leeuwen, C.H.A., Sánchez, M.I., Hortas, F., Shamoun‐Baranes, J., Thaxter, C.B., Lens, L., Camphuysen, C.J. & Green, A.J. Journal of Ecology

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Peregrine. Philip Croft

Contrasting long‐term trends in age‐specific survival of Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus) in Britain using smoothed estimates of recovery probabilities

Living fast: using ringing data to look at survival of British Peregrines

2021 | Robinson, R.A. & Wilson, M. Ibis

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Long‐distance migrants vary migratory behaviour as much as short‐distance migrants: an individual‐level comparison from a seabird species with diverse migration strategies

2021 | Brown, J.M., van Loon, E.E., Bouten, W., Camphuysen, K.C.J., Lens, L., Müller, W., Thaxter, C.B. & Shamoun‐Baranes, J. Journal of Animal Ecology

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Carryover effects of long-distance avian migration are weaker than effects of breeding environment in a partially migratory bird

2021 | Buchan, C., Gilroy, J.J., Catry, I., Bustamante, J., Marca, A.D., Atkinson, P.W., González, J.M. & Franco, A.M.A. Scientific Reports

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Kittiwake, Richard Jackson.

Methods to quantify avian airspace use in relation to wind energy development

Assessing the effects of wind farms on wildlife

2021 | Largey, N., Cook, A.S.C.P., Thaxter, C.B., McCluskie, A., Stokke, B.G., Wilson, B. & Masden, E.A. Ibis

New research involving BTO has developed a framework to identify how wildlife might be affected by renewable energy developments.

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A counterfactual approach to measure the impact of wet grassland conservation on UK breeding bird populations

2021 | Jellesmark, S., Ausden, M., Blackburn, T.M., Gregory, R.D., Hoffmann, M., Massimino, D., McRae, L. & Visconti, P. Conservation Biology

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A global horizon scan of the future impacts of robotics and autonomous systems on urban ecosystems

2021 | Goddard, M.A., Davies, Z.G., Guenat, S., Ferguson, M.J., Fisher, J.C., Akanni, A., Ahjokoski, T., Anderson, P.M.L., Angeoletto, F., Antoniou, C., Bates, A.J., Barkwith, A., Berland, A., Bouch, C.J., Rega-Brodsky, C.C., Byrne, L.B., Cameron, D., Canavan, R., Chapman, T., Connop, S., Crossland, S., Dade, M.C., Dawson, D.A, Dobbs,C., Downs, C.T., Ellis, E.C., Escobedo, F.J., Gobster, P., Gulsrud, N.M., Guneralp, B., Hahs, A.K., Hale, J.D., Hassall, C., Hedblom, M., Hochuli, D.F., Inkinen, T., Ioja, I.-C., Kendal, D., Knowland, T., Ingo Kowarik, I., Langdale, S.J., Lerman, S.B., MacGregor-Fors, I., Manning, P., Massini, P., McLean, S., Mkwambisi, D.D., Ossola, A., Luque, G.P., Pérez-Urrestarazu, L., Perini, K., Perry, G., Pett, T.J., Plummer, K.E., Radji, R.A., Roll, U., Potts, S.G., Rumble, H., Sadler, J.P., de Saille, S., Sautter, S., Scott, C.E., Shwartz, A., Smith, T., Snep, R.P.H. et al Nature Ecology & Evolution

The State of the UK's Birds
BTO volunteers. David Tipling

The State of the UK's Birds 2020

2020 | Burns, F., Eaton, M.A., Balmer, D.E., Banks, A., Caldow, R., Donelan, J.L., Douse, A., Duigan, C., Foster, S., Frost, T., Grice, P.V., Hall, C., Hanmer, H.J., Harris, S.J., Johnstone, I., Lindley, P., McCulloch, N., Noble, D.G., Risely, K., Robinson, R.A. & Wotton, S.

Providing an annual overview of the status of the UK’s breeding and non-breeding bird species in the UK, this year’s report highlights the continuing poor fortunes of the UK’s woodland birds, and the huge efforts of BTO volunteers collecting data.

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Water Vole. Liz Cutting

The acoustic identification of small terrestrial mammals in Britain

Identifying small mammals from their high-pitched squeaks

2020 | Newson, S.E., Middleton, N., & Pearce, H. British Wildlife

Research published in British Wildlife by a team led by the BTO provides new possibilities for sound identification to be used as a non-invasive survey method.

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Strengthening the evidence base for temperature-mediated phenological asynchrony and its impacts

2020 | Samplonius, J.M., Atkinson, A., Hassall, C., Keogan, K., Thackeray, S.J., Assmann, J.J., Burgess, M.D., Johansson, J., Macphie, K.H., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Simmonds, E.G., Varpe, Ø., Weir, J.C., Childs, D.Z., Cole, E.F., Daunt, F., Hart, T., Lewis, O.T., Pettorelli, N., Sheldon, B.C. & Phillimore, A.B. Nature Ecology & Evolution

The earlier arrival of spring, measured by plants flowering, insects emerging, and the timing of egg laying and migrants arriving in birds, is one of the most obvious impacts of climate change on t

Moorhen. Sarah Kelman

LifeCycle issue 9, Winter 2020

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It also features articles on monitoring Moorhen, Crossbills and Twite, creating a nest recording group, explains what researchers have done with the nests that have been supplied by nest recorders


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