New tracking devices our transforming our understanding of bird movements, and the fate of individuals. As part of MoveTech Telemetry, BTO plays an important role in the development of these devices, as well as using them for innovative research. Different tracking devices, such as geolocators to satellite tags, are documenting for the first time the global migrations of a range of species, from Willow Warblers and Spotted Flycatchers to Arctic Skuas and Cuckoos. At a more local scale, these technologies also enable us to study habitat use and home ranges, whether of raptors in East Anglia, or waders on the coast.
Wind‐associated detours promote seasonal migratory connectivity in a flapping flying long‐distance avian migrant
Avian vulnerability to wind farm collision through the year: insights from Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus) tracked from multiple breeding colonies
Wind turbines both on and offshore are becoming ever more prevalent as governments worldwide seek to tackle carbon emissions. It is important to understand how these structures might affect wildlife...
Assessing BTO impact
BTO has a strong reputation for delivering quality science, but does it have an impact? An independent expert panel decides.
Quantifying nutrient inputs by gulls to a fluctuating lake, aided by movement ecology methods
Meet the Cuckoo class of 2019
Thanks to the BTO's Cuckoo Tracking Project we are learning more about Cuckoo migration. There are still important questions to answer, so we have fitted four more Cuckoos with satellite tags...
Spotted Flycatcher Appeal
One of our most treasured songbirds, the Spotted Flycatcher, is disappearing. Once considered a common garden nesting species, the Spotted Flycatcher is now a bird that many people are willing to...
Weak effects of geolocators on small birds: a meta‐analysis controlled for phylogeny and publication bias
Short-eared Owl tracking Appeal
The reasons underlying these changes have been a mystery. However, we are now in position to begin to understand them; with further research we will be able to work towards securing their future....
Tracking a research revolution
The review showed that the proportion of studies reporting the effects of tracking devices on birds has declined. Devices can significantly impact tagged individuals in many ways, including reducing...
Track our Cuckoos as they migrate
The Cuckoo Tracking Project has been revealing new discoveries about how British Cuckoos migrate, and the challenges they face. Follow and support this ground-breaking project.
Dodging the blades: gulls and wind farms
Offshore wind farms may affect birds in many ways, such as stopping them moving between places, or restricting access to areas where they feed. Collision risk is a key concern for seabirds, yet there...
Assessing habitat use of Herring Gulls in the Morecambe Bay SPA using GPS tracking devices
Number of coastal Herring Gull populations have reduced markedly in recent years. The breeding gull colony of the South Walney and Piel Channel Flats Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI),...
Rachel acts as scientific liaison and research lead for Wales. Environmental law and the main drivers of ecological change differ between the Principality and England, and her job is to ensure that Welsh research priorities are reflected in BTO’s portfolio; that Welsh projects are developed and can be managed locally; and that Welsh policy and environmental audiences maintain a good understanding and appreciation of the BTO’s research activity.
Assessing behaviour of Lesser Black-backed Gulls from the Ribble and Alt Estuaries SPA using GPS tracking devices
Chris is a Senior Research Ecologist in International Research Team where he works on the ecology and conservation of Afro-Palaearctic migratory birds and of forest birds across the world. Projects primarily focus of population changes, habitats and migration strategies of these species.
GPS tracks and cutting edge stats shed new light on seabird flight heights
Offshore wind farms are now operating or under construction in many locations, but while spinning turbine blades are crucial for generating renewable energy, they also represent a potential threat...