The UK supports internationally important populations of breeding seabirds. BTO is a partner in Britain and Ireland's Seabird Monitoring Programme and supports the current national census – Seabirds Count. Information from BTO's Retrapping Adults for Survival scheme and Nest Record Scheme also contributes to our understanding of seabird demography. Through analyses of data and field-based tracking projects, our research considers the many drivers of seabird population change, including climate change and renewable energy schemes.
Sharing our seabird research
From Black Guillemots to Eider and Arctic Skua, our scientists discussed a range of research at the International Seabird Group Conference in August.
Urban and coastal breeding lesser black-backed gulls (Larus fuscus) segregate by foraging habitat
Tackling the challenge of avian influenza
Director of Science James Pearce-Higgins discusses Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and BTO's role in the response to the current outbreak.
Working in partnership for seabirds
BTO has joined JNCC and RSPB in a key milestone for the Seabird Monitoring Programme.
Relative roles of static and dynamic abiotic conditions as drivers of foraging behaviour in breeding Sandwich Terns
Understanding the impacts of climate change on seabirds
The UK is home to internationally important breeding seabird populations - but how vulnerable are these to climate change?
Belfast's Unsung Seabird
Despite the human hustle and bustle, Belfast Lough is at the heart of Eider conservation in Ireland. BTO's Senior Research Ecologist Kat Booth-Jones dives into research focused on this charismatic...
Belfast’s urban gulls: an assessment of breeding populations, breeding season movements and winter population
BTO travels to Europe!
BTO travels to key conferences in Europe to share research and experience with colleagues from around the globe.
Tracking Lesser Black-backed Gull behaviour around wind farms
GPS technology data reveals a detailed picture which may be used to inform future collision risk assessments when new offshore developments are proposed.
Behavioural responses of non-breeding waterbirds to marine traffic in the near-shore environment
In the face of climate change, BTO joins other organisations to consider how to improve the frameworks used for conservation
Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2021
Fulmars continue to decline across most sites, while large gulls buck the national trends and are increasing across Northern Ireland.
Habitat selection and specialisation of Herring Gulls during the non-breeding season
New collaborative BTO research has used GPS to provide insights into the movements and habitat needs of Herring Gulls outside the breeding season. Researcher fixed GPS tags to 20 Herring Gulls...
A Haar Day's Month: Gull Tracking on the Isle of May
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a seabird ecologist? BTO scientist Daniel Johnston shares his first experience catching and tagging gulls to collect valuable data about their behaviour.
Help monitor the UK’s seabirds by taking part in the Seabird Monitoring Programme
The Seabird Monitoring Programme monitors the populations of the UK’s breeding seabird species, thanks to the dedication of volunteer and professional scheme participants who visit seabird...
Development of a weak-link wing harness for use on large gulls (Laridae): methodology, evaluation and recommendations
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...
GPS tracking reveals landfill closures induce higher foraging effort and habitat switching in gulls
During the 20th century, gull populations across the globe increased rapidly in response to human activities, with the availability of waste food in landfill sites a key driver of their success....
New Indicator for Wintering Waterbirds in Scotland
The latest Biodiversity Indicator for Wintering Waterbirds in Scotland shows declines.
Herring Gulls aren't after your chips
New BTO research using GPS tracking reveals that declining Herring Gulls are more likely to be foraging on Mussels than pilfering chips.
Raising Curlew chicks is key to their survival
By studying data from over 15,000 ringed Curlew, researchers have determined that conservation efforts for this declining species should focus on increasing breeding success.
Pilot study to investigate Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) feeding behaviour to enhance bird food modelling and shellfisheries management on The Wash
What’s the score for Copeland’s symphony of seabirds?
Northern Ireland Seabird Coordinator Katherine Booth Jones describes her love for the wild coastal habitats of Northern Ireland and the charismatic seabirds that inhabit them.