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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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BTO Reserve - local school group visit

Engaging schools with long-term monitoring of nature

2021 | Pearce-Higgins, J.W. School Science Review

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Short-eared Owl. Liz Cutting

Sensitivities to land use change by breeding Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) in Britain

2021 | Border, J.A. & Calladine, J. Airo

Populations of Short-eared Owls are declining across many parts of their range, including here in Britain, where their breeding range contracted between 1990 and 2010.

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Long-eared Bat. Jez Blackburn

Designing effective survey and sampling protocols for passive acoustic monitoring as part of the national bat monitoring

2021 | Newson, S.E., Boughey, K.L., Robinson, R.A & Gillings, S. JNCC Report

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Tagged Lesser Black-backed Gull. Gary Clewley

When speed matters: The importance of flight speed in an avian collision risk model

2021 | Masden, E.A., Cook, A.S.C.P., McCluskie, A., Bouten, W., Burton, N.H.K. & Thaxter, C.B. Environmental Impact Assessment Review


LifeCycle issue 10, Spring 2021

2021 |

This edition also includes feature articles on catching corvids, nesting in your garden and finding Blackcap nests, provides an update on the Garden CES trial, introduces readers to the wonderful w

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Curlew. Moss Taylor

Recovering the Eurasian Curlew in the UK and Ireland: progress since 2015 and looking ahead

2021 | Douglas, D.J.T., Brown, D., Cohen, S., Colwell, M., Donaghy, A., Drewitt, A., Finney, K., Franks, S., Heptinstall, D., Hilton, G., Kelly, S., Lindley, P., McCarthy, B., McCulloch, N., O’Donoghue, B., Sanders, S., Thompson, P. & Whitehead, S. British Birds

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Curlew. Liz Cutting

Temperature and density influence survival in a rapidly declining migratory shorebird

Raising Curlew chicks is key to their survival

2021 | Cook, A.S.C.P., Burton, N.H.K., Dodd, S.G., Foster, S., Pell, R.J., Ward, R.M., Wright, L.J. & , Robinson, R.A. Biological Conservation

By studying data from over 15,000 ringed Curlew, researchers have determined that conservation efforts for this declining species should focus on increasing breeding success.

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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Lesser Black-backed Gull. Edmund Fellowes

Dynamic space use of Andalusian rice fields by Lesser Black-Backed Gulls (Larus fuscus) is driven by flooding

GPS tracking of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Spain reveals birds moving between rice fields and landfill, leading to the possibility of contimation of land used for food production.of to possiby

2021 | van Rees, C.B., Aragonés, D., Bouten, B., Thaxter, C.B., Stienen, E., Bustamante, J. & Green, A.J. Ibis

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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

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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

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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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