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.
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 windfarms
GPS technology data reveals a detailed picture which may be used to inform future collision risk assessments when new offshore developments are proposed.
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.
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.
Review of the potential of seabird colony monitoring to inform monitoring programmes for consented offshore wind farm projects
Working together for seabirds
BTO work supports effective monitoring of our seabirds and aims to provide opportunities for a new generation of seabird surveyors.
Our Lost Seabirds
The UK’s seabirds are struggling and they need our help to survive. BTO’s new campaign – Our Lost Seabirds – aims to turn the tide.
Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2020
Tern colonies around Northern Ireland had a catastrophic year. Despite this, many seabirds such as Guillemots had a good breeding season.
Spatial patterns of weed dispersal by wintering gulls within and beyond an agricultural landscape
Birds and pollution — a masterclass
Increasing human activity brings more pollution into the environment. This can take many forms and can affect birds in a number of ways, as Nina O'Hanlon explains.
Wader population trends on the UK's open coast
Newly published research from BTO underlines the importance of the UK’s rocky shores and sandy beaches for waterbird species.