Peer-reviewed papers

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It is BTO’s policy to make public the results of our research. Our aim is to publish as much as possible of our work in the peer reviewed scientific literature.  Many results are also published in our BTO Research Report series.

Brlík V, Koleček J, Burgess M, Hahn S, Humple D, Krist M, Ouwehand J, Weiser EL, Adamík P, Alves JA, Arlt D, Barišić S, Becker D, Belda EJ, Beran V, Both C, Bravo SP, Briedis M, Chutný B, Ćiković D, Cooper NW, Costa JS, Cueto VR, Emmenegger T, Fraser K, Gilg O, Guerrero M, Hallworth MT, Hewson C, Jiguet F, Johnson JA, Kelly T, Kishkinev D, Leconte M, Lislevand T, Lisovski S, López C, McFarland KP, Marra PP, Matsuoka SM, Matyjasiak P, Meier CM, Metzger B, Monrós JS, Neumann R, Newman A, Norris R, Pärt T, Pavel V, Perlut N, Piha M, Reneerkens J, Rimmer CC, Roberto‐Charron A, Scandolara C, Sokolova N, Takenaka M, Tolkmitt D, van Oosten H, Wellbrock AHJ, Wheeler H, van der Winden J, Witte K, Woodworth B, Procházka P 2019. <p>Weak effects of geolocators on small birds: a meta‐analysis controlled for phylogeny and publication bias.</p> . Journal of Animal Ecology View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12962)
Bell JR, Botham MS, Henrys PA, Leech DI, Pearce-Higgins JW, Shortall CR, Brereton TM, Pickup J, Thackeray SJ 2019. <p>Spatial and habitat variation in aphid, butterfly, moth and bird phenologies over the last half century</p> . Global Change Biology View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14592)
Pavon-Jordan D, Clausen P, Dagys M, Devos K, Encarnacao V, Fox AD, Frost T, Gaudard C, Hornman M, Keller V, Langendoen T, Lawicki L, Lewis LJ, Lorentsen SH, Luigujoe L, Meissner W, Molina B, Musil P, Musilova Z, Nilsson L, Paquet JY, Ridzon J, Stipniece A, Teufelbauer N, Wahl J, Zenatello M, Lehikoinen A 2019. Habitat- and species-mediated short- and long-term distributional changes in waterbird abundance linked to variation in European winter weather.. Diversity and Distributions 25 (part 2) : 225-239 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12855)
Jiménez‐Muñoz M., Cole D.J., Freeman S.N., Robinson R.A., Baillie S.R., Matechou E. 2019. Estimating age‐dependent survival from age‐aggregated ringing data—extending the use of historical records. Ecology and Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4820)
Robinson R.A., Gardner B. 2019. Advances in modelling demographic processes: The Euring 2017 Analytical Meeting. Methods in Ecology and Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13127)
Conway G.J., Austin G.E., Handschuh M., Drewitt A.L., Burton N.H.K. 2019. Breeding populations of Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius and Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula in the United Kingdom in 2007. Bird Study Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2018.1563045)
Maskell L.C., Botham M., Henrys P., Jarvis S., Maxwell D., Robinson D.A., Rowland C.S., Siriwardena G., Smart S., Skates J., Tebbs E.J., Tordoff G.M.,Emmett B.A 2019. Exploring relationships between land use intensity, habitat heterogeneity and biodiversity to identify and monitor areas of High Nature Value farming. Biological Conservation 231 : 30-38 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.12.033)
Geen G.R., Robinson R.A., Baillie S.R. 2019. Effects of tracking devices on individual birds – a review of the evidence. Journal of Avian Biology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/jav.01823)
Challis A., Edwards C., Heavisides A., Holling M., Kortland K., Mattingley W., Riddle G., Roos S., Stevenson A., Stirling-Aird P.K., Stroud D.A., Wernham C.V., Wilson M.W. 2019. The Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme: recent developments in good practice monitoring. Bird Study Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2018.1477737)
Sutherland W.J., Broad B., Butchart S.H.M., Clarke S.J., Collins A.M., Dicks L.V., Doran H., Esmail N., Fleishman E., Frost N., Gaston K.J., Gibbons D.W., Hughes A.C., Jiang Z., Kelman R., LeAnstey B., le Roux X., Lickorish F.A., Monk K.A., Mortimer D., Pearce-Higgins J.W., Peck L.S., Pettorelli N., Pretty J., Seymour C.L., Spalding M.D., Wentworth J., Ockendon N. 2018. A horizon scan of emerging issues for global conservation in 2019. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 34 (part 1) : 83-94 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2018.11.001)
Musitelli F, Spina F, Møller AP, Rubolini D, Bairlein F, Baillie SR, Clark JA, Nikolov BP, du Feu C, Robinson RA, Saino N, Ambrosini R 2018. Representing migration routes from re‑encounter data: a new method applied to ring recoveries of Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) in Europe. Journal of Ornithology 160 : 249-264 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-018-1612-6)
Foden W.B.,Young, B.E.,Akçakaya H.R.,Garcia R.A.,Hoffmann A.A.,Stein B.A.,Thomas C.D.,Wheatley C.J., Bickford D.,Carr J.A.,Hole D.G.,Martin T.G.,Pacifici M.,Pearce‐Higgins J.W.,Platts P.J.,Visconti P.,Watson J.E.M.,Huntley B. 2018. Climate change vulnerability assessment of species. WIREs Climate Change 10 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/wcc.551)
Lawson, B., Robinson, R.A., Rodriquez-Ramos Fernandez, J., John, S.K., Benitez, L., Tolf, C., Risely, K., Toms, M., Cunnigham, A.A. & William, R.A.J 2018. Spatio-temporal dynamics and aetiology of proliferative leg skin lesions in wild British finches. Scientific Reports 8 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-32255-y)
Franks S.E., Roodbergen M., Teunissen W., Carrington Cotton, A., Pearce‐Higgins, J.W. 2018. Evaluating the effectiveness of conservation measures for European grassland‐breeding waders. Ecology & Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4532)
Oppel S., Bolton M., Carneiro A.P.B., Dias M.P., Green J.A., Masello J.F., Phillips R.A., Owen E., Quillfeldt P., Beard A., Bertrand S., Blackburn J., et al 2018. Spatial scales of marine conservation management for breeding seabirds . Marine Policy 98 : 37-46 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.08.024)
Horswill C., Humphreys E.M., Robinson R.A. 2018. When is enough enough? Effective sampling protocols for estimating the survival rates of seabirds with mark-recapture techniques.. Bird Study Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/000636657.2018.151691)
Francis M.L., Plummer K.E., Lythgoe B.A., Macallan C., Currie T.E. & Blount J.D. 2018. Effects of supplementary feeding on interspecific dominance hierarchies in garden birds. PLOS ONE 13 (part 9) Link to Article (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0202152)
Alder, D.C., Fuller, R.J. & Marsden, S.J. 2018. Implications of transformation to irregular silviculture for woodland birds: A stand wise comparison in an English broadleaf woodland. Forest Ecology and Management 422 : 69-78 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.04.004)
Massimino D., Harris S.J., Gillings, S 2018. Evaluating spatiotemporal trends in terrestrial mammal abundance using data collected during bird surveys. Biological Conservation 226 : 153-167 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.07.026)
Herbert, R.J.H., Davies, C.J., Bowgen, K.M., Hatton, J. & Stillman, R.A. 2018. The importance of nonnative Pacific oyster reefs as supplementary feeding areas for coastal birds on estuary mudflats. Aquatic Conservation Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2938)
Martay, B., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Harris, S.J. & Gillings, S. 2018. Monitoring landscape-scale environmental changes with citizen scientists: Twenty years of land use change in Great Britain. Journal for Nature Conservation 44 : 33-42 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2018.03.001)
Burns F., Eaton M.A., Hayhow D.B., Outhwaite C.L., Fulaijd N.A, August T.A., Boughey KA., Brereton t., Brown A., Bullock D.J., Gent T., Haysome K.A., Isaac J.B., Johns D.G, Macadam C.R., Mathew F., Noblen D.G., Powney G.D., Simsop D.W., Smart S.M., Stroh, P. Walker K.J., Webb J.R., Webbs T.J., Gregory R.D. 2018. An assessment of the state of nature in the United Kingdom: A review of findings, methods and impact. Ecological Indicators 94 (part 1) : 226-236 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.06.033)
Heward, C.J., Hoodless, A.N., Conway, G.J., Fuller, R.J., MacColl, A.D.C. & Aebisher, N.J. 2018. Habitat correlates of Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola abundance in a declining resident population. Journal of Ornithology : 1-11 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-018-1570-z)
Denerley, C., Redpath, S.M., van der Wal, R., Newson, S.E., Chapman, J.W. & Wilson, J.D. 2018. Breeding ground correlates of the distribution and decline of the Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus at two spatial scales. Ibis Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12612)
Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Baillie, S.R., Boughey, K., Bourn, N.A.D., Foppen, R.P.B., Gillings, S., Gregory, R.D., Hunt, T., Jiguet, F., Lehikoinen, A., Musgrove, A.J., Robinson, R.A., Roy, D.B., Siriwardena, G.M., Walker, K.J., Wilson, J.D 2018. Overcoming the challenges of public data archiving for citizen science biodiversity recording and monitoring schemes. Journal of Applied Ecology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13180)
Hiron, M., Pärt, T., Siriwardena, G.M., Whittingham, M.J. 2018. Species contributions to single biodiversity values under-estimate whole community contribution to a wider range of values to society.. Scientific Reports Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-25339-2)
OCKENDON, N., THOMAS, D.H.L., CORTINA, J., ADAMS, W.M., AYKROYD, T., BAROV, B., BOITANI, L., BONN, A., BRANQUINHO, C., BROMBACHER, M., BURRELL, C., CARVER, S., CRICK, H.Q.P., DUGUY, B., EVERETT, S., FOKKENS, B., FULLER, R.J., GIBBONS, D.W., GOKHELASHVILI, R., GRIFFIN, C., HALLEY, D.J., HOTHAM, P., HUGHES, F.M.R., KARAMANLIDIS, A.A., MCOWEN, C.J., MILES, L., MITCHELL, R., RANDS, M.R.W., ROBERTS, J., SANDOM, C.J., SPENCER, J.W., TEN BROEKE, E., TEW, E.R., THOMAS, C.D. , TIMOSHYNA, A., UNSWORTH, R.K.F., WARRINGTON, S. & SUTHERLAND, W.J. 2018. One hundred priority questions for landscape restoration in Europe. Biological Conservation 221 : 198-208 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.03.002)
Clewley G., Robinson R.A., Clark J.A. 2018. Estimating mortality rates among passerines caught for ringing with mist nets using data from previously ringed birds.. Ecology and Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4032)
Plummer, K.E., Bearhop, S., Leech, D.I., Chamberlain, D.E., Blount, J.D. 2018. Effects of winter food provisioning on the phenotypes of breeding blue tits.. Ecology and Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4048)
Fuller, R.J., Casey, D., Melin, M. & Hill, R. 2018. Rapid progression of ash dieback in the coppice of Bradfield Woods, Suffolk. Quarterly Journal of Forestry
Burgess M.D., Smith K.W., Evans K.L., Leech D., Pearce-Higgins J.W., Branston C.J., Briggs K., Clark J.R., du Feu C.R., Lewthwaite K., Nager R.G., Sheldon B.C., Smith J.A., Whytock R.C., Willis S.G., Phillimore A.B. 2018. Tritrophic phenological match-mismatch in space and time.. Ecology and Evolution Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0543-1)
Blackburn E., Burgess M., Freeman B., Risely A., Izang A., Ivande S., Hewson C., Creswell W. 2018. Spring migration strategies of Whinchat Saxicola rubetra when successfully crossing potential barriers of the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea.. Ibis Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12610)
Stokke B.G., Ratikainen I.I., Moksnes A., Schulze-Hagen K., Leech D.I., Møller A.P., Fossøy F. 2018. Characteristics determining host suitability for a generalist parasite.. Scientific Reports Link to Article (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-24627-1)
Cox D.T.C, Hudson H.L., Plummer K.E., Siriwardena G.M., Anderson K., Hancock S., Devine-Wright P.,Gaston, K.J 2018. Covariation in urban birds providing cultural services or disservices and people.. Journal of Applied Ecology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13146)
Lawson, B., Robinson, R. A., Toms, M. P., Risely, R., MacDonald, S., Cunningham, A. A. 2018. Health hazards to wild birds and risk factors associated with anthropogenic food provisioning. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Link to Article (DOI: /10.1098/rstb.2017.0091)
Border, J.A., Johnston, A. & Gillings, S. 2018. Can climate matching predict the current and future climatic suitability of the UK for the establishment of non-native birds?. Bird Study 65 : 72-83 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2018.1438362)
M. W. Wilson, D. E. Balmer, K. Jones, V. A. King, D. Raw, C. J. Rollie, E. Rooney, M. Ruddock, G. D. Smith, A. Stevenson, P. K. Stirling-Aird, C. V. Wernham, J. M. Weston & D. G. Noble. 2018. The breeding population of Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands in 2014. Bird Study View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2017.1421610)
MIKUSIŃSKI, G., ROBERGE, J.M. & FULLER, R.J. 2018. Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds. Book title: Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Martay, B. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2018. Using data from schools to model variation in soil invertebrates across the UK: The importance of weather, climate, season and habitat. Pedobiologia 67 : 1-9 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2018.01.002)
Hewson, C.M., Miller, M., Johnston, A., Conway, G.J., Saunders, R., Marchant, J.H. & Fuller, R.J. 2018. Estimating national population sizes: Methodological challenges and applications illustrated in the common nightingale, a declining songbird in the UK. Journal of Applied Ecology 55 (part 4) : 2 008-2 018 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13120)
Thatxter, C.B., Ross-Smith, V.H., Bouten, W., Masden, E.A., Clark, N.A., Conway, G.J., Barber, L., Clewley, G.D. & Burton, N.H.K. 2018. Dodging the blades: new insights into three-dimensional space use of offshore wind farms by lesser black-backed gulls Larus fuscus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 587 : 247-253 Link to Article (DOI: 10.3354/meps12415)
Border, J.A., Atkinson, L.R., Henderson, I.G., Hartley, I.R. 2017. Nest monitoring does not affect nesting success of Whinchats Saxicola rubetra. IBIS Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12574)
Dolman, P., Williamson, T., Fuller, R. & Barnes, G. 2017. What does 'traditional' management really mean?. British Wildlife 29 (part 2) : 113-119
Franks, S.E., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Atkinson, S., Bell, J.R., Botham, M.S., Brereton, T.M., Harrington, R. & Leech, D.I. 2017. The sensitivity of breeding songbirds to change in seasonal timing is linked to population change but cannot be directly attributed to the effects of trophic asynchrony on productivity. . Global Change Biology Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13960)
Newson, S. E., Evans, H. E., Gillings, S., Jarret, D., Raynor, R., Wilson, M. W. 2017. Large-scale citizen science improves assessment of risk posed by wind farms to bats in southern Scotland. Biological Conservation 215 : 61-71 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.09.004)
Massimino, D., Johnston, A., Gillings, S., Jiguet, F. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2017. Projected reductions in climatic suitability for vulnerable British Birds.. Climatic Change 145 : 117-130 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1007/s10584-017-2081-2)
Metcalfe, K., Collins, T., Abernethy, K. E., Boumba, R., Dengui, J.-C., Miyalou, R., Parnell, R. J., Plummer, K. E., Russell, D. J.F., Safou, G. K., Tilley, D., Turner, R. A., VanLeeuwe, H., Witt, M. J. & Godley, B. J. 2017. Addressing Uncertainty in Marine Resource Management; Combining Community Engagement and Tracking Technology to Characterize Human Behavior. Conservation Letters 10 : 460-469 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/conl.12293)
O'Brien, S.H., Cook, A.S.C.P. & Robinson, R.A. 2017. Implicit assumptions underlying simple harvest models of marine bird populations can mislead environmental management decisions. Journal of Environmental Management 201 : 163-171 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.06.037)
Méndez, V., Gill, J.A., Alves, J.A., Burton, N.H.K. & Davies, R.G. 2017. Consequences of population change for local abundance and site occupancy of wintering waterbirds. Diversity and Distributions : 1 472-4 642 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12653)
Thaxter, C.B., Buchanan, G.M., Carr, J., Butchart, S.H.M., Newbold, T., Green, R.E., Tobias, J.A., Foden, W.B., O'Brien, S. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2017. Bird and bat species' global vulnerability to collision mortality with wind farms revealed through a trait-based assessment.. Proc. R. Soc. B. 284 Link to Article (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0829)

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