BTO monitoring first identified the biodiversity crisis in farmland and research using our datasets has been central both to diagnosing the causes of bird population declines and to evaluating the success of the agri-environment schemes (AESs) that aim to address the problem. These AESs were informed by experimental work that tested the efficacy of management options, while bespoke volunteer surveys offer a unique resource to specific habitats or management approaches at the national scale.
Spatial patterns of weed dispersal by wintering gulls within and beyond an agricultural landscape
The State of the UK's Birds 2020
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,...
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 06.03.2021).
Do drones disturb wintering waterbirds?
Newly published research, carried out by staff at BTO Scotland, has investigated the response to wintering waterbirds to drones, and shown that they can be easily scared into flight by drone use.
Livestock grazing impacts components of the breeding productivity of a common upland insectivorous passerine: Results from a long‐term experiment
Breeding Waders of Wet Meadows
Help us monitor the long-term population changes of our lowland breeding waders in England and Wales.
Bird responses to housing development in intensively managed agricultural landscapes
Like in many countries, Britain faces the challenge of housing a growing population, but urban expansion to address this can lead to locally high rates of biodiversity loss, along with fragmentation...
Increasing crop heterogeneity enhances multitrophic diversity across agricultural regions
Agri-environment effects on birds in Wales: Tir Gofal benefited woodland and hedgerow species
What effect might annual releases of non-native gamebirds be having on native biodiversity?
Henrietta Pringle reveals the work behind a recent paper on gamebirds and predation
General licences and BTO
Andy Clements, BTO Chief Executive, sets out BTO’s position regarding the current debate about wildlife licensing.
Spare or share to benefit biodiversity?
Agriculture is necessary to meet the food demands of an increasing human population, but it is also a leading threat to biodiversity, both because natural habitats are destroyed when land is...
Making agri-environment schemes effective
BTO research is helping to shape the modern farmed landscape by informing agri-environment schemes.
Help monitor waders in NI grasslands
Investigating whether Northern Irish lowland grasslands are supporting breeding waders.
English Farm Woodland Bird Survey
Collected data on how birds have colonised woods planted in farmland.
Exploring relationships between land use intensity, habitat heterogeneity and biodiversity to identify and monitor areas of High Nature Value farming
Help learn how farmland birds fare in winter
This survey helped build a picture of how our winter birds fare on lowland farmland in England.
Wading birds are benefiting from conservation action but we need more of it
Whether it is the swooping display and ‘pee-wit’ calls of a breeding Lapwing or the haunting cry of a Curlew over a tall hay meadow, breeding waders deliver some of the most iconic sights and...
Can volunteers’ data be used to monitor land cover change?
A new study shows that Breeding Bird Survey data can help with habitat monitoring.
Take part in BBS - counting for conservation
The Breeding Bird Survey is the main scheme for monitoring the population changes of the UK’s common and widespread breeding birds.
Monitoring Breeding Waders in Wensleydale: trialling surveys carried out by farmers and gamekeepers
Waders in decline in Strathallan, Scotland
The breeding populations of many different wader species are in decline across the globe, and there is an urgent need for information on how such changes in land management, particularly within...
Gavin leads the BTO’s Terrestrial Ecology team, which currently comprises up to 15 analytical and field research staff, conducting and supervising pure and applied research on terrestrial bird ecology.
BBS data prove benefits of Environmental Stewardship for birds
Publicly funded agri-environment schemes are widely used in Europe to address biodiversity losses in farmland ecosystems, but evidence of their effectiveness has been limited. New research by the...