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.
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?
One way of thinking about and testing the different options for land management is to consider ‘land sparing’ versus ‘land sharing’. Land sparing is a scenario where a significant amount of 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
Investigate whether Northern Irish lowland grasslands are supporting breeding waders.
English Farm Woodland Bird Survey
Help collect 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 bird fare in winter
Help 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
Throughout Europe, birds associated with agricultural habitats comprise the highest proportion (23%) of threatened species, with breeding waders among the most vulnerable. Despite these conservation...
Can volunteers’ data be used to monitor land cover change?
BTO scientists were keen to see if habitat data collected by volunteers for the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) could contribute to understanding how habitats have changed. Over 2,500 BBS volunteers have...
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. The survey involves two early-morning spring visits ...
Monitoring Breeding Waders in Wensleydale: trialling surveys carried out by farmers and gamekeepers
Waders in decline in Strathallan, Scotland
Long-term studies can make an important contribution to our understanding of wader decline, as is demonstrated by work carried out by BTO’s Regional representative for Perthshire, Mike Bell. Mike had...
Henrietta is part of the Terrestrial Ecology team, researching and analysing impacts of land-use on bird distributions and ecology.
Gavin leads the BTO’s Land-Use Research 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
The types of management involved (leaving stubble overwinter and planting wild bird seed crops in field margins) were mostly implemented under the “broad and shallow” Entry Level Stewardship (ELS)...