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.
Operation Wader Appeal
Urgent action is needed to tackle the decline of breeding wader populations in the UK.
UK wetlands get a health check
The Wetland Bird Survey Alerts, published today, assesses change for 471 site-species populations on 82 SPA’s. Found out how our protected wetland sites are faring.
Avian vulnerability to wind farm collision through the year: insights from Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus) tracked from multiple breeding colonies
Stories of rampaging 'seagulls' dominate column inches in the holiday season. Our BTO gull experts take a look at the facts behind the headlines.
Quantifying avian avoidance of offshore wind turbines: Current evidence and key knowledge gaps
Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2018
Puffin numbers remain stable, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull both increase and Mediterranean Gull breeds in its highest numbers in 2018.
Improving understanding of the possible relationship between improving freshwater and coastal water quality and bird interest on designated sites - phase 1 review
Assessing habitat use of Herring Gulls in the Morecambe Bay SPA using GPS tracking devices
Results of the third Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey, including Population Estimates for Key Waterbird Species
Ros works as a Research Ecologist supporting the fieldwork, analysis and reporting work on the Wetland & Marine Research Team.
Katharine works as a Research Ecologist analysing quantitative data from a range of projects from Wales and the rest of the UK with a focus on wetland and marine species.
Implicit assumptions underlying simple harvest models of marine bird populations can mislead environmental management decisions
The seabird wreck in the Bay of Biscay and South-Western Approaches in 2014: A review of reported mortality
Assessing behaviour of Lesser Black-backed Gulls from the Ribble and Alt Estuaries SPA using GPS tracking devices
Providing Data for Rapid Condition Assessment of Non-Breeding Waterbird SPAs in England: Phase II
Liz's current job is to develop research projects principally concerned with wetland and marine issues. Her most recent work has focused on understanding the impacts of the renewable industry on seabirds. Previously to joining the BTO, Liz's main research interests involved quantifying the factors that determine the foraging performance and energetics of seabirds.
Chris's principal role is undertaking research into changes in the abundance and foraging behaviour of seabirds and waterbirds in relation to both man-made impacts and environmental processes. He takes a central role in conducting and developing marine research projects at BTO.