Species interactions, as predators, prey, competitors or parasites, underpin the science of ecology. Understanding and quantifying these interactions, whether through analyses of existing data or the results of new fieldwork, often requires complex research approaches to tackle important issues, including responses to climate change, issues of wildlife health and increasing generalist predator populations.
What drives stability in ecological communities?
Using data collected by volunteers participating in three national butterfly monitoring schemes - operating in Spain, the UK and Finland - this paper explores the mechanisms shaping community...
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
Diversity of response and effect traits provides complementary information about avian community dynamics linked to ecological function
Providing the evidence for policy
BTO Cymru’s Rachel Taylor and Callum Macgregor reflect on working at the interface between science and policy for their research on Cormorant and Goosander populations in Wales.
Wild Rock Doves: solving a genetic enigma
BTO ringer and DPhil student Will Smith writes about his latest research into the distinctions between wild Rock Doves and the Feral Pigeon.
The potential for analyses of monitoring scheme data to inform about the impacts of invasive on native species
The future distribution of wetland birds breeding in Europe validated against observed changes in distribution
Collecting data for the Cormorant cull debate
BTO Youth Rep Gethin Jenkins-Jones shares his experience surveying the River Usk to collect data on Cormorant and Goosander populations.
Predator management for breeding waders: a review of current evidence and priority knowledge gaps
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED 17.01.2022).
German Blue Tit disease identified
What is happening in the UK and how you can help us monitor wildlife disease.
Disease in birds
Disease can have serious implications for our wild bird populations, as Wildife Vets from the Zoological Society of London explain.
Opening a can of worms: Can the availability of soil invertebrates be indicated by birds?
We have very little information on how earthworm numbers and soil health have changed over recent decades. This new study enlisted the help of over 20,000 children from schools up and down the...
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
Associations between gamebird releases and general predators
Pheasants and Red-legged Partridges for commercial shoots may be boosting numbers of the avian predators and scavengers.
General licences and BTO
Andy Clements, BTO Chief Executive, sets out BTO’s position regarding the current debate about wildlife licensing.
Report on the welfare of your garden wildlife
Tell us about sick and diseased wildlife found in your garden. Garden BirdWatch participants can also add observations when entering their usual GBW counts.
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...