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Evens, R., Conway, G., Franklin, K., Henderson, I., Stockdale, J., Beenaerts, N., Smeets, K., Neyens, T., Ulenaers, E. & Artois, T. 2020. DNA diet profiles with high‐resolution animal tracking data reveal levels of prey selection relative to habitat choice in a crepuscular insectivorous bird. Ecology and Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.6893)
Breeze, T.D., Bailey, A.P., Balcombe, K.G., Brereton, T., Comont, R., Edwards, M., Garratt, M.P., Harvey, M., Hawes, C., Isaac, N., Jitlal, M., Jones, C.M., Kunin, W.E., Lee, P., Morris, R.K.A., Musgrove, A., O'Connor, R.S., Peyton, J., Potts, S.G., Roberts, S.P.M., Roy, D.B., Roy, H.E., Tang, C.Q., Vanbergen, A.J. & Carvell, C. 2020. Pollinator monitoring more than pays for itself. Journal of Applied Ecology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13755)
Kettel, E.F., Woodward, I.D., Balmer, D.E. & Noble, D.G. 2020. Using citizen science to assess drivers of Common House Martin breeding performance. Ibis Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12888)
Massimino, D., Harris, S.J. & Gillings, S. 2020. Phenological mismatch between breeding birds and their surveyors and implications for estimating population trends. Journal of Ornithology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-020-01821-5)
Åkesson, S., Atkinson, P.W., Bermejo, A., de la Puente, J., Ferri, M., Hewson, C.M., Holmgren, J., Kaiser, E., Kearsley, L., Klaassen, R.H.G., Kolunen, H., Matsson, G., Minelli, F., Norevik, G., Pietiäinen, H., Singh, N.J., Spina, F., Viktora, L. & Hedenström, A. 2020. Evolution of chain migration in an aerial insectivorous bird, the common swift Apus apus. Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/evo.14093)
Jarrett, D., Calladine, J., Cotton, A., Wilson, M.W. & Humphreys, E. 2020. Behavioural responses of non-breeding waterbirds to drone approach are associated with flock size and habitat. Bird Study Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2020.1808587)
Jones, L.P., Turvey, S.T., Massimino, D. & Papworth, S.K. 2020. Investigating the implications of shifting baseline syndrome on conservation. People and Nature Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/pan3.10140)
Pearce-Higgins, J.W. & Chandler, D. 2020. Do surveys of adult dragonflies and damselflies yield repeatable data? Variation in monthly counts of abundance and species richness. Journal of Insect Conservation Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10841-020-00260-0)
Howard, C., Stephens, P.A., Pearce‐Higgins, J.W., Gregory, R.D., Butchart, S.H.M. & Willis, S.G. 2020. Disentangling the relative roles of climate and land cover change in driving the long‐term population trends of European migratory birds. Diversity and Distributions Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ddi.13144)
Sutherland, W.J., Alvarez‐Castañeda, S.T., Amano, T., Ambrosini, R., Atkinson, P., Baxter, J.M., Bond, A.L., Boon, P.J., Buchanan, K.L., Barlow, J., Bogliani, G., Bragg, O.M., Burgman, M., Cadotte, M.W., Calver, M., Cooke, S.J., Corlett, R.T., Devictor, V., Ewen, J.G., Fisher, M., Freeman, G., Game, E., Godley, B.J., Gortázar, C., Hartley, I.R., Hawksworth, D.L., Hobson, K.A. Lu, M.-L., Martín‐López, B., Ma, K., Machado, A., Maes, D., Mangiacotti, M., McCafferty, D.J., Melfi, V., Molur, S., Moore, A.J., Murphy, S.D., Norris, D., van Oudenhoven, A.P.E., Powers, J., Rees, E.C., Schwartz, M.W., Storch, I. & Wordley, C. 2020. Ensuring tests of conservation interventions build on existing literature. Conservation Biology 34 : 781-783 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13555)
Massimino, D., Beale, C. M., Suggitt, A. J., Crick, H. Q. P., Macgregor, N. A., Carroll, M. J., Maclean, I. M. D. & Pearce-Higgins, J. W. 2020. Can microclimate offer refuge to an upland bird species under climate change?. Landscape Ecology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007%2Fs10980-020-01069-7)
Cooke, S.C., Balmford, A., Donald, P.F., Newson, S.E. & Johnston, A. 2020. Roads as a contributor to landscape-scale variation in bird communities. Nature Communications 11 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-16899-x)
Plummer, K.E., Gillings, S. & Siriwardena, G.M. 2020. Evaluating the potential for bird‐habitat models to support biodiversity‐friendly urban planning. Journal of Applied Ecology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13703)
Fuller, R.J. & Green, T. 2020. Breeding bird communities within a parkland-woodland continuum: the distinctiveness of wood-pasture. Arboricultural Journal Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/03071375.2020.1767965)
Malm, L.E., Pearce‐Higgins, J.W., Littlewood, N.A., Karley, A.J., Karaszewska, E., Jaques, R., Pakeman, R.J., Redpath, S.M. & Evans, D.M. 2020. Livestock grazing impacts components of the breeding productivity of a common upland insectivorous passerine: Results from a long‐term experiment. Journal of Applied Ecology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13647)
Espín, S., Andevski, J., Duke, G., Eulaers, I., Gómez-Ramírez, P., Hallgrimsson, G.T., Helander, B., Herzke, D., Jaspers, V.L.B., Krone, O., Lourenço, R., María-Mojica, P., Martínez-López, E., Mateo, R., Movalli, P., Sánchez-Virosta, P., Shore, R.F., Sonne, C., van den Brink, N.W., van Hattum, B., Vrezec, A., Wernham, C. & García-Fernández, A.J. 2020. A schematic sampling protocol for contaminant monitoring in raptors. Ambio Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s13280-020-01341-9)
Maund, P.R., Irvine, K.N., Lawson, B., Steadman, J., Risely, K., Cunningham, A.A. & Davies, Z.G. 2020. What motivates the masses: Understanding why people contribute to conservation citizen science projects. Biological Conservation 246 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108587)
Lawson, B., Robinson, R.A. Parmar, M., Killick, R., Cunningham, A.A. & MacDonald, S.J. 2020. Aflatoxin and ochratoxin A residues in supplementary foods used for wild birds. Science of The Total Environment 731 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138851)
Seward, A., Taylor, R.C., Perrow, M.R., Berridge, R.J., Bowgen, K.M., Dodd, S., Johnstone, I. & Bolton, M. 2020. Effect of GPS tagging on behaviour and marine distribution of breeding Arctic Terns Sterna paradisaea. Ibis Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12849)
Fay, F., Schaub, M., Border, J.A., Henderson, I.G., Fahl, G., Feulner, J., Horch, P., Müller, M., Rebstock, H., Shitikov, D., Tome, D., Vögeli, M. & Grüebler, M.U. 2020. Evidence for senescence in survival but not in reproduction in a short-lived passerine. Ecology and Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.6281)
Robinson, R.A., Meier, C.M., Witvliet, W., Kéry, M. & Schaub, M. 2020. Survival varies seasonally in a migratory bird: linkages between breeding and non‐breeding periods. Journal of Animal Ecology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13250)
Pavón-Jordán, D., Abdou, W., Azafzaf. H., Balaž, M., Bino, T., Borg, J.J., Božič, L., Butchart, S.H.M., Clausen, P.., Sniauksta, L., DakkiM., Devos, K., Domsa, C., Encarnaçao, V., Etayeb, K., Faragó, S., Fox, A.D., Frost, T., Gaudard, C., Georgiev, V., Goratz, I., Hornman, M., Keller, V., Kostiushyn, V., Langendoen, T., Ławicki, Ł., Ieronymidou, C., Lewis, L.J., Lorentsen, S.-H., Luigujoe, L., Meissner, W., Mikuska, T., Molina, B., Musil, P., Musilova, Z., Nagy, S., Natykanets, V., Nilsson, L., Paquet, J.-Y., Portolou, D., Ridzon, J., Santangeli, A., Sayoud, S., Šćiban, M., Stipniece, A., Teufelbauer, N., Topić, G., Uzunova, D., Vizi, A., Wahl, J., E.Yavuz, K.E., Zenatello, M. & Lehikoinen, A. 2020. Positive impacts of important bird and biodiversity areas on wintering waterbirds under changing temperatures throughout Europe and North Africa. Biological Conservation 246 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108549)
Cooke, S.C., Balmford, A., Johnston, A., Newson, S.E. & Donald, P.F. 2020. Variation in abundances of common bird species associated with roads. Journal of Applied Ecology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13614)
Robinson, R.A., Sanders, J.D. & Rees, E.C. 2020. Survival of Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata differs by season but not breeding origin. Wader Study 127 : 25-30 Link to Article (DOI: 10.18194/ws.00176 )
Johnston, A., Moran, N., Musgrove, A., Fink, D. & Baillie, S.R. 2020. Estimating species distributions from spatially biased citizen science data. Ecological Modelling 422 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2019.108927)
Martay, B. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2020. Opening a can of worms: Can the availability of soil invertebrates be indicated by birds?. Ecological Indicators 113 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106222)
Ainsworth, G.B., Redpath, S.M., Wilson, M., Wernham, C. & Young, J.C. 2020. Integrating scientific and local knowledge to address conservation conflicts: Towards a practical framework based on lessons learned from a Scottish case study. Environmental Science & Policy 107 : 46-55 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2020.02.017)
Alignier, A. Solé‐Senan, X.O., Robleño, I., Baraibar, B., Fahrig, L., Giralt, D., Gross, N., Martin, J.-L., Recasens, J., Sirami, C., Siriwardena, G., Bosem Baillod, A., Bertrand, C., Carrié, R., Hass, A., Henckel, L., Miguet, P., Badenhausser, I., Baudry, J., Bota, G., Bretagnolle, V., Brotons, L., Burel, F., Calatayud, F., Clough, Y., Georges, R., Gibon, A., Girard, J., Lindsay, K., Minano, J., Mitchell, S., Patry, N., Poulin, B., Tscharntke, T., Vialatte, A., Violle, C., Yaverscovski, N. & Batáry, P. 2020. Configurational crop heterogeneity increases within‐field plant diversity. Journal of Applied Ecology 57 : 654-663 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13585)
Burgess, M.D., Finch, T., Border, J.A., Castello, J., Conway, G., Ketcher, M., Lawrence, M., Orsman, C.J., Mateos, J., Proud, A., Westerberg, S., Wiffen, T. & Henderson, I.G. 2020. Weak migratory connectivity, loop migration and multiple non‐breeding site use in British breeding Whinchats Saxicola rubetra. Ibis Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12825)
Finch, T., Green, R.E., Massimino, D., Peach, W.J. & Balmford, A. 2020. Optimising nature conservation outcomes for a given region‐wide level of food production. Journal of Applied Ecology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13594)
Woodward, I., Aebischer, N., Burnell, D., Eaton, M., Frost, T., Hall, C., Stroud, S. & Noble, D. 2020. APEP 4 - Population estimates of birds in Great Britain and the United Kingdom. British Birds 113 : 69-104
Boeri, M., Stojanovic, T.A., Wright, L.J., Burton, N.H.K., Hockley, N. & Bradbury, R.B. 2020. Public preferences for multiple dimensions of bird biodiversity at the coast: insights for the cultural ecosystem services framework. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2019.106571)
Hill, A., Gillings, S., Berriman, A., Brouwer, A., Breed, A.C., Snow, L., Ashton, A., Byrne, C. & Irvine, R.M. 2019. Quantifying the spatial risk of Avian Influenza introduction into British poultry by wild birds. Scientific Reports 9 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-56165-9)
Jiguet, F., Burgess, M., Thorup, K., Conway, G., Arroyo Matos, J.L., Barber, L., Black, J., Burton, N., Castelló, J., Clewley, G., Copete, J.L., Czajkowski, M.A., Dale, S., Davis, T., Dombrovski, V., Drew, M., Elts, J., Gilson, V., Grzegorczyk, E., Henderson, I., Holdsworth, M., Husbands, R., Lorrilliere, R., Marja, R., Minkevicius, S., Moussy, C., Olsson, P., Onrubia, A., Pérez, M., Piacentini, J., Piha, M., Pons, J.-M., Procházka, P., Raković, M., Robins, H., Seimola, T., Selstam, G., Skierczyński, M., Sondell, J., Thibault, J.-C., Tøttrup, A.P., Walker, J. & Hewson, C. 2019. Desert crossing strategies of migrant songbirds vary between and within species. Scientific Reports 9 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-56677-4)
Chapman, D.S., Gunn, I.D.M., Pringle, H.E.K., Siriwardena, G.M., Taylor, P., Thackeray, S.J., Willby, N.J. & Carvalho, L. 2019. Invasion of freshwater ecosystems is promoted by network connectivity to hotspots of human activity. Global Ecology and Biogeography Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/geb.13051)
Milanesi, P., Della Rocca, F. & Robinson, R.A. 2019. Integrating dynamic environmental predictors and species occurrences: Toward true dynamic species distribution models. Ecology and Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5938)
Martín-Vélez, V., Mohring, B., an Leeuwen, C.H.A., Shamoun-Baranes, J., Thaxter, C.B., Baert, J.M., Camphuysen, C.J. & Green, A.J. 2019. Functional connectivity network between terrestrial and aquatic habitats by a generalist waterbird, and implications for biovectoring. Science of the Total Environment 705 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135886)
Morecroft, M.D., Duffield, S., Harley, M., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Stevens, N., Watts, O. & Whitaker, J. 2019. Measuring the success of climate change adaptation and mitigation in terrestrial ecosystems. Science 366 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw9256 )
Dadam, D., Siasou, E., Woodward, S. & Clark, J.A. 2019. Migratory passerine birds in Britain carry Phytophthora ramorum inoculum on their feathers and "feet" at low frequency. Forest Pathology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/efp.12569)
Sutherland, W.J., Dias, M.P., Dicks, L.V., Doran, H., Entwistle, A.C., Fleishman, E., Gibbons, D.W., Hails, R., Hughes, A.C., Hughes, J., Kelman, R., Le Roux, X., LeAnstey, B., Lickorish, F.A., Maggs, L., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Peck, L.S., Pettorelli, N., Pretty, J., Spalding, M.D., Tonneijck, F.H., Wentworth, J. & Thornton, A. 2019. A Horizon Scan of Emerging Global Biological Conservation Issues for 2020. Trends in Ecology & Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.10.010)
Blackburn, E., Burgess, M., Freeman, B., Risely, A., Izang, A., Ivande, S., Hewson C. & Cresswell, W. 2019. Light stalks increase the precision and accuracy of non-breeding locations calculated from geolocator tags: a field test from a long-distance migrant. Bird Study Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2019.1690421)
Lewis-Phillips, J., Brooks, S.J., Sayer, C.D., McCrea, R., Siriwardena, G., Robson, H., Harrison A.L. & Axmacher, J.C. 2019. Seasonal benefits of farmland pond management for birds. Bird Study Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2019.1688762)
Gili, F., Newson, S.E., Gillings, S., Chamberlain, D.E. & Border, J.A. 2019. Bats in urbanising landscapes: habitat selection and recommendations for a sustainable future. Biological Conservation Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108343)
Pellissier, V., Schmucki, R., Pe'er, G., Aunins, A., Brereton, T.M., Brotons, L., Carnicer, J., Chodkiewicz, T., Chylarecki, P., del Moral, J.C., Escandell, V., Evans, D., Foppen, R., Harpke, A., Heliölä, J., Herrando, S., Kuussaari, M., Kühn, E., Lehikoinen, A., Lindström, Å., Moshøj, C.M., Musche, M., Noble, D., Oliver, T.H., Reif, J., Richard, D., Roy, D.B., Schweiger, O., Settele, J., Stefanescu, C., Teufelbauer, N., Touroult, J., Trautmann, S., van Strien, A.J., van Swaay, C.A.M., van Turnhout, C., Vermouzek, Z., Voříšek, P., Jiguet, F. &Julliard, R. 2019. Effects of Natura 2000 on nontarget bird and butterfly species based on citizen science data. Conservation Biology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13434)
Boersch-Supan, P.H., Trask, A.E. & Baillie, S.R. 2019. Robustness of simple avian population trend models for semi-structured citizen science data is species-dependent. Biological Conservation 240 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108286)
Isaac, N.J.B., Jarzyna, M.A., Keil, P., Dambly, L.I., Boersch-Supan, P.H., Browning, E., Freeman, S.N., Golding, N., Guillera-Arroita, G., Henrys, P.A., Jarvis, S., Lahoz-Monfort, J., Pagel, J., Pescott, O.L., Schmucki, R., Simmonds, E.G. & O’Hara, R.B. 2019. Data integration for large-scale models of species distributions. Trends in Ecology & Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.08.006)
Burgess, M., Gregory, R., Wilson, J., Gillings, S., Evans, A., Chisholm, K., Southern, A. & Eaton, M. 2019. A new framework of spatial targeting for single-species conservation planning. Landscape Ecology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10980-019-00919-3)
Swallow, B., Buckland, S.T., King, R & Toms, M.P. 2019. Assessing factors associated with changes in the numbers of birds visiting gardens in winter: Are predators partly to blame? . Ecology and Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5702)
Cooke, S.C., Balmford, A., Johnston, A., Massimino, D., Newson, S.E. & Donald, P.F. 2019. Road exposure and the detectability of birds in field surveys. Ibis Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12787)
Mason, L.R., Green, R.E., Howard, C., Stephens, P.A., Willis, S.G., Aunins, A., Brotons, L., Chodkiewicz, T., Chylarecki, P., Escandell, V., Foppen, R.P.B., Herrando, S., Husby, M., Jiguet, F., Kålå, J.A., Lindström, Å., Massimino, D., Moshøj, C., Nellis, R., Paquet, J.-Y., Reif, J., Sirkiä, P.M., Szép, T., Tellini Florenzano, G., Teufelbauer, N., Trautmann, S., van Strien, A., van Turnhout, C.A.M., Voříšek, P. & Gregory, R.D. 2019. Population responses of bird populations to climate change on two continents vary with species' ecological traits but not with direction of change in climate suitability. Climatic Change Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10584-019-02549-9)

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