BTO science is fundamental to conservation action in the UK, and contributes significantly to Europe-wide assessments. BTO's long-term monitoring schemes provide the data to inform conservation priorities, but also BTO research contributes significantly to conservation science. This has been both at the level of individual species, identifying causes of decline and testing solutions, and providing the evidence to inform more cross-cutting policy needs.
Long-term Effects of Rewilding on Species Composition: 22-years of Raptor Monitoring in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Rewilding the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone ...
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
Resilient protected area network enables species adaptation that mitigates the impact of a crash in food supply
Oystercatcher numbers are declining in the UK, in line with the trends for wader species globally, and with ever greater anthropogenic changes to wader habitats, it is vital we understand the...
Spatial and temporal differences in migration strategies among endangered European Greater Spotted Eagles Clanga clanga
The Greater Spotted Eagle is a Critically Endangered species, with fewer than 1,000 breeding pairs remaining in Europe. A summer visitor to the continent, the species' wintering distribution is...
Birds of Conservation Concern 5
The same group of experts undertook a parallel exercise to assess the extinction risk of all bird species for Great Britain (the geographical area at which all other taxa are assessed) using the...
Setting priorities for climate change adaptation of Critical Sites in the Africa-Eurasian waterbird flyways
New population estimates for important populations of a threatened wader, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper
Recovering the Eurasian Curlew in the UK and Ireland: progress since 2015 and looking ahead
Effectiveness of the European Natura 2000 network to sustain a specialist wintering waterbird population in the face of climate change
Rewilding and intervention: complementary philosophies for nature conservation in Britain
New estimates of the size and trend of the world population of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper using three independent statistical models
Benefits of protected areas for nonbreeding waterbirds adjusting their distributions under climate warming
A counterfactual approach to measure the impact of wet grassland conservation on UK breeding bird populations
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).
BTO in Belarus: the Polesia project
Adham Ashton-Butt explains how BTO is involved in a cross-organisational project in Polesia, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe.
Restoring and protecting Polesia wilderness
BTO is participating in species research and monitoring that is underpinning a large-scale landscape restoration project in Belarus and Ukraine, aimed at protecting and restoring the wetland...
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...
Audit of local studies of breeding Curlew and other waders in Britain and Ireland
The Eurasian Curlew is widely considered to be one of the highest bird conservation priorities in the UK and Ireland. A number of other breeding waders have also showed marked declines during a...