Each of the UK countries has ambitious targets for forest expansion which provide both opportunities and threats for different birds. BTO’s research includes identifying influences of different silvicultural systems and restructuring within forests and also the opportunities and constraints associated with forest expansion. Studies sites include a range of forest sizes and ages small farm woodlands through to extensive plantations and newly planted or regenerating woodlands through to ancient stands.
How do bats respond to different approaches to the management of conifer plantations
Conifer woodland covers 1.6 million hectares of the UK and is an important source of economic revenue. There is increasing recognition that commercial forests should deliver other benefits beyond...
Do Marsh Tits modify their behaviour to reduce competition?
Competition between species has been put forward as a possible reason for the declines seen in some bird species, including Marsh Tit and Willow Tit, but confirming a causal link between competition...
The impacts of farming activities on Europe’s breeding birds
Using the most comprehensive dataset of its kind, this study explores the drivers of population change in European birds.
Impact of woodland agri-environment management on woodland structure and target bird species
Rewilding and intervention: complementary philosophies for nature conservation in Britain
Citizen science reveals patterns in Pied Flycatcher breeding
New research uses data from BirdTrack and the Nest Record Scheme to investigate how adaptable breeding Pied Flycatchers are to a changing climate.
The State of the UK's Birds 2020
Providing an annual overview of the status of the UK’s breeding and non-breeding bird species in the UK, this year’s report highlights the continuing poor fortunes of the UK’s woodland birds,...
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...
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED 17.01.2022).
Breeding bird communities within a parkland-woodland continuum: the distinctiveness of wood-pasture
Flowers of the Brecks Part 2: Wetland, Woodland & Farmland
Climatic and soil conditions in the Brecks are such that a particularly notable assemblage of plants is found locally. Several species have their British headquarters here, while for others it is...
Agri-environment effects on birds in Wales: Tir Gofal benefited woodland and hedgerow species
Breeding bird assemblages supported by developing upland shrub woodland are influenced by micro-climate and habitat structure
Effects on bird abundance and species richness of edge restructuring to include shrubs at the interface between conifer plantations and moorland
An efficient survey method for estimating populations of marsh tits Poecile palustris, a low-density woodland passerine
How can assemblage structure indices improve monitoring of change in bird communities using ongoing survey data?
English Farm Woodland Bird Survey
Collected data on how birds have colonised woods planted in farmland.
Can volunteers’ data be used to monitor land cover change?
A new study shows that Breeding Bird Survey data can help with habitat monitoring.
Understanding the influence of habitat upon breeding Woodcock numbers in Britain
Woodcock are in long-term decline. Due to incomplete knowledge of their habitat requirements, there is uncertainty as to what causes these declines. A BTO/GWCT survey investigates Woodcock habitat...
Implications of transformation to irregular silviculture for woodland birds: A stand wise comparison in an English broadleaf woodland
Woodland birds in Britain have undergone significant long term declines since the late 1960s, associated in particular with changes in woodland structure in general, and loss of early successional...
Take part in BBS - counting for conservation
The Breeding Bird Survey is the main scheme for monitoring the population changes of the UK’s common and widespread breeding birds.
Help monitor breeding Woodcock in Britain and Ireland
We urgently need to monitor changes in breeding Woodcock numbers, given the recent population decline.
John is responsible for managing, developing and undertaking research projects relevant to Scotland, in particular the development of BTO Scotland’s portfolio of studies related to forest and moorland management.