BTO work on climate change can be divided into three main areas:
- Documenting the impacts of climate change on biodiversity
- Developing and using approaches for predicting future impacts of climate change to identify the most vulnerable species and habitats
- Improving the evidence base to inform how conservation needs to adapt to climate change
Although much of our work has a UK bird focus, we also work internationally and on other taxa.
Our best assessment shows that failure to meet net-zero carbon risks the UK losing almost 90% of its breeding Puffins by 2050. You can help us continue research into one of the most pressing drivers of change in our natural world.
Sustainability and citizen science: estimating the carbon footprint of the Breeding Bird Survey
BTO Data Scientist Simon Gillings explores the results of BTO's investigation into the carbon footprint of biodiversity monitoring.
The carbon footprint of biodiversity monitoring
Whilst it is essential that we have accurate information about how wildlife is faring in this changing world, we also need to be mindful of the carbon footprint generated by monitoring activities.
Achieving global targets for renewable energy
BTO's Aonghais Cook discusses the challenges associated with an environmentally sensitive, socially just transition to global renewable power.
BTO travels to Europe!
BTO travels to key conferences in Europe to share research and experience with colleagues from around the globe.
Human activity can help as well as hinder UK butterflies
View the 2021 results from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
In the face of climate change, BTO joins other organisations to consider how to improve the frameworks used for conservation
A framework for climate change adaptation indicators for the natural environment
BTO leads collaborative research to create framework for assessing climate change adaptation.
Warming temperatures drive at least half of the magnitude of long-term trait changes in European birds
Climate change is impacting wild populations, but its relative importance compared to other causes of change is still unclear. Many studies assume that changes in traits primarily reflect effects of...
The future distribution of wetland birds breeding in Europe validated against observed changes in distribution
Multi-taxa spatial conservation planning reveals similar priorities between taxa and improved protected area representation with climate change
Pinpointing which protected area characteristics help community response to climate warming: waterbirds in the European Union’s Natura 2000 network
Birds of Conservation Concern
Commonly referred to as the UK Red List for birds, the status of birds has now been reviewed five times, Covering the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. The latest review was published in...
Setting priorities for climate change adaptation of Critical Sites in the Africa-Eurasian waterbird flyways
Climate Change Appeal
Globally, up to 7% of birds are considered to be at risk of extinction due to climate change. Please donate today and you can support BTO’s work to collect and analyse data that highlights the real...
Climate change is already affecting the UK's birds
An increasing body of research demonstrates the impacts of climate change on bird species across the globe, revealing a range of responses.
Climate and land use changes: similarity in range and abundance changes of birds in Finland and Great Britain
Citizen science reveals patterns in Pied Flycatcher breeding
New research uses data from BirdTrack and the Nest Record Scheme to investigate how adaptable breeding Pied Flycatchers are to a changing climate.
Benefits of protected areas for nonbreeding waterbirds adjusting their distributions under climate warming
Strengthening the evidence base for temperature-mediated phenological asynchrony and its impacts
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 the...
Evaluating spatially explicit sharing‐sparing scenarios for multiple environmental outcomes
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED 17.01.2022).
Phenological mismatch between breeding birds and their surveyors and implications for estimating population trends
Several studies in recent decades, including those led by BTO, have demonstrated that many birds are migrating or breeding earlier as the climate changes. These so-called phenological shifts could...
Disentangling the relative roles of climate and land cover change in driving the long‐term population trends of European migratory birds
Can microclimate offer refuge to an upland bird species under climate change?
Climate change is now widely recognised as having a large impact on biodiversity, affecting species distributions at a large spatial scale. Previous BTO research has demonstrated a change in...