We live in a time of accelerating technological development, which offers considerable new potential for monitoring and research. To make the most of these opportunities, through collaboration, BTO is involved in:
- The development and testing of new animal tracking technology
- The development of new approaches to use passive sound recording for biodiversity monitoring of a range of taxa from bats to bush crickets
- The development of new mobile and web-based applications to support citizen science, as well as integrating potential changes with the heritage of our long-term archives
Development of a weak-link wing harness for use on large gulls (Laridae): methodology, evaluation and recommendations
Better utilisation and transparency of bird data collected by powerline companies
The continued increase in global energy demand requires expanding networks of power supply. High-voltage overhead powerlines, however, pose a collision and electrocution risk to some bird species if...
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....
Nocturnal thrushes affected by artificial light
New research from BTO has investigated the effect of artificial light at night on birds, indicating that nocturnal migrants are attracted to more brightly lit areas.
Spatial patterns of weed dispersal by wintering gulls within and beyond an agricultural landscape
Long‐distance migrants vary migratory behaviour as much as short‐distance migrants: an individual‐level comparison from a seabird species with diverse migration strategies
Carryover effects of long-distance avian migration are weaker than effects of breeding environment in a partially migratory bird
Assessing the effects of wind farms on wildlife
New research involving BTO has developed a framework to identify how wildlife might be affected by renewable energy developments.
A global horizon scan of the future impacts of robotics and autonomous systems on urban ecosystems
Irregular silviculture positively influences multiple bat species in a lowland temperate broadleaf woodland
The study was carried out on the Rushmore Estate on Cranborne Chase in southern England and forms part of a wider biodiversity project overseen by Andy Poore, Forest Manager, Rushmore Estate and...
Identifying small mammals from their high-pitched squeaks
Research published in British Wildlife by a team led by the BTO provides new possibilities for sound identification to be used as a non-invasive survey method.
Individual variability and versatility in an eco-evolutionary model of avian migration
It has been known for some time that Blackcaps employ several different migration strategies. Birds breeding in central Europe either migrate south-west or south-east for winter, with a switch...
DNA diet profiles with high‐resolution animal tracking data reveal levels of prey selection relative to habitat choice in a crepuscular insectivorous bird
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED 17.01.2022).
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.
BTO Acoustic Pipeline
The BTO Acoustic Pipeline brings cutting-edge sound identification of bats and other nocturnal wildlife to your desktop.
Earth Observation Data Integration Pilot Project 5 - Developing community and crowd-sourced validation of 'Living Maps'
Earth Observation data offer great potential for a range of terrestrial surveillance and management issues. Living Maps – land cover maps with a focus on priority semi-natural habitats – are...
Effect of GPS tagging on behaviour and marine distribution of breeding Arctic Terns Sterna paradisaea
Pilot Tracking Study of the Migratory Movements of Shelduck to Inform Understanding of Potential Interactions with Offshore Wind Farms in the North Sea
Following a review of current knowledge of the migratory movements of British and Irish Shelduck Tadorna tadorna in relation to the potential risks to the species associated with offshore wind farms...
BirdTrack — a Swiss army knife in BTO’s toolkit?
BTO’s Ecological Statistician Philipp Boersch-Supan explains the insights BirdTrack records can provide.
Tracking Short-eared Owls: Notes from the field
Why would anyone choose to spend a winter’s night out on a cold Orkney moor? Ben Darvill gives an insight into the dedication of Short-eared Owl fieldworkers, and their amazing discoveries.
Widening BTO's appeal
Andy Clements, BTO's Chief Executive, looks at how BTO can engage new audiences.
Scottish owl tracked to Morocco
A Short-eared Owl, fitted with a satellite tag whilst breeding in Scotland, has been tracked to Morocco.
Light stalks increase the precision and accuracy of non-breeding locations calculated from geolocator tags: a field test from a long-distance migrant
Avian vulnerability to wind farm collision through the year: insights from Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus) tracked from multiple breeding colonies
New BTO research has explored how vulnerable Lesser Black-backed Gulls breeding in Britain are to collisions with wind turbines whilst on migration and during the winter months, as well as during the...
Meet the Cuckoo class of 2019
There are still important questions to answer, so we have fitted four more Cuckoos with satellite tags this spring.
Using GIS-linked Bayesian Belief Networks as a tool for modelling urban biodiversity
This research demonstrates the feasibility of using a GIS-coupled Bayesian Belief Network approach to model biodiversity at fine spatial scales in complex landscapes.