BTO's impartial and objective approach has proven to be crucial in undertaking research on predators and predation, some of which can be controversial. Our research has involved analyses of long-term data to study potential impacts of predation, drivers of predator population dynamics, and research to understand the consequences of different solutions to managing predators, much of which has involved working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders.
Curlew collaboration to boost breeding success
Research from BTO and the University of East Anglia reveals how land management can support the breeding success of this declining species.
Long-term trends of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) show widespread contamination of a bird-eating predator, the Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) in Britain
Scientists from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, BTO and Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland examined the carcasses of 259 Sparrowhawks which died between 1995 and 2015. Using preserved...
Little evidence to indicate consistent, community-level effects of Badger removal on the populations of ground-nesting birds
Predator management for breeding waders: a review of current evidence and priority knowledge gaps
Review of the potential of seabird colony monitoring to inform monitoring programmes for consented offshore wind farm projects
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED 17.01.2022).
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.
What effect might annual releases of non-native gamebirds be having on native biodiversity?
Henrietta Pringle reveals the work behind a recent paper on gamebirds and predation
General licences and BTO
Andy Clements, BTO Chief Executive, sets out BTO’s position regarding the current debate about wildlife licensing.
Investigating wader breeding productivity in the East Cairngorms Moorland Partnership Area using collaborative methods
Breeding wader populations have declined significantly in recent decades in the UK. During this time, areas of moorland managed for grouse shooting and adjacent areas of rough pasture have been...
How birdwatchers can tell us about declining mammals
The UK’s mammals present particular challenges for monitoring; they live in a wide variety of habitats, vary enormously in size and can be very difficult to see, but as this paper shows,...
Monitoring Breeding Waders in Wensleydale: trialling surveys carried out by farmers and gamekeepers
Continuing influences of introduced hedgehogs Erinaceus europaeus as a predator of wader (Charadrii) eggs four decades after their release on the Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Non-native predators can cause major declines or even localised extinctions in prey populations across the globe, especially on islands. The removal of non-native predators can, therefore, be a...
Mark is responsible for developing and leading research and contributes to the scientific strategy of BTO Scotland. He manages a small and brilliant team of 3 research and fieldwork staff, and is involved in several BTO projects and external collaborations carrying out research and monitoring work on a wide range of topics including upland and woodland ecology, breeding waders, raptors and acoustic monitoring.
Amy works on behalf of the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme (SRMS). The SRMS is a partnership of eight organisations, each of which plays a key role in Scottish ornithology, notably with expertise in undertaking and reporting on scientifically rigorous monitoring of birds of prey. She is hosted by BTO Scotland. Amy works on behalf of the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme (SRMS) raptormonitoring.org