Bailiwick bat survey report findings
The Bailiwick Bat Survey capitalises on the interest and enthusiasm of volunteers to participate in biodiversity monitoring to systematically collect bat distribution and activity data across Guern
Challenges in quantifying the responses of Black-legged Kittiwake to habitat variables and local stressors due to individual variation
During the 2021 breeding season, BTO scientists tracked 20 Kittiwakes, fitted with small GPS devices, from Whinnyfold – par
Species- or habitat- based assessments of vulnerability to climate change? Informing climate change adaptation in special protection areas for birds in England
In this paper, two approaches commonly adopted by Natural England for climate change vulnerability assessments were used to assess the vulnerability to climate change of Special Protection Areas (S
This collaborative research involving BTO attempted to start understanding how habitat change and climate change interact.
The study, led by the Institut de Ciències del Mar and Estación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC, Spain, used diet samples collected in January 2022 at the Fuente de Piedra – an inland lake in Spain that
This study used data from 160 urban sites in England, collected by volunteers taking part in the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey, in which BTO is a partner.
Avian responses to climate extremes: insights into abundance curves and species sensitivity using the UK Breeding Bird Survey
Climate change is one of the major threats to species conservation. Biological responses to climate change include shifts in species distribution, behavioural and physiological changes.
Between 2016 and 2019, BTO scientists fitted Sandwich Terns breeding at Scolt Head Island in Norfolk with long-life GPS tags which tracked the birds’ movements over multiple years.
Removing barriers to studying moult in birds
Remote tracking unveils intercontinental movements of nomadic Short-eared Owls Asio flammeus with implications for resource tracking by irruptive specialist predators
Astounding Short-eared Owl movements revealed
International research led by BTO has revealed that Short-eared Owls make astonishing nomadic migrations between nest sites as far apart as Scotland and Arctic Russia.
Distance functions of carabids in crop fields depend on functional traits, crop type and adjacent habitat: a synthesis
Contrasting habitat use between and within Bar-tailed Godwit and Curlew wintering on the Wash, England
Adjacent habitats vital for intertidal waders
A new study has revealed contrasting habitat use between and within Bar-tailed Godwits and Curlews wintering on the Wash.
Climate change and migratory species: a review of impacts, conservation actions, indicators and ecosystem services.
Part 1 documents a review of literature which was carried out to identify the impac
Future impact of climate change on threatened seabirds
New BTO research predicts seabird declines of up to 90% by 2050 in Britain and Ireland under a ‘business as usual’ climate scenario.
Bats and ancient trees
The most notable changes over the past 75 years have been an increase in temperature and a loss of roughly 90% of lowland meadow and pasture, mainly converted to arable farmland and improved grassl
Flight heights obtained from GPS versus altimeters influence estimates of collision risk with offshore wind turbines in Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus
As previous BTO research has shown, bird-borne tracking devices are essential for shedding light on seabird flight behaviour.
Spatially targeted nature-based solutions can mitigate climate change and nature loss but require a systems approach
Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one of the greatest challenges humankind is currently facing.
Understanding seabird behaviour at sea part 2: improved estimates of collision risk model parameters
BirdTrack migration blog – early spring
It may still feel like winter but for some species, the increasing temperatures and lengthening days have already kick-started spring migration, with birds starting to arrive and depart across Britain and Ireland.
Paper call for special HPAI issue
We are putting together a special issue of the BTO journal Bird Study to bring together research documenting the HPAI outbreak and its impacts on wild birds.