We live in a time of accelerating technological development, which offers considerable new potential for monitoring and research. To make the most of these opportunities, through collaboration, BTO is involved in:
- The development and testing of new animal tracking technology
- The development of new approaches to use passive sound recording for biodiversity monitoring of a range of taxa from bats to bush crickets
- The development of new mobile and web-based applications to support citizen science, as well as integrating potential changes with the heritage of our long-term archives
Unlocking the secrets of European bats
Discover the groundbreaking work of our bat acoustics specialist, Stuart Newson, as he unveils his cutting-edge research on bat social calls and feeding buzzes.
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 – part of the Buchan Ness to Collieston Coast Special Protection Area – in...
Behavioural responses of Sandwich terns following the construction of offshore wind farms
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. When the...
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. Different methods for gathering flight height information within tracking...
Flight Paths: the story of bird migration science
Science writer Rebecca Heisman tells us how she came to write her first book, Flight Paths, and why it’s vital that we tell the stories of the birds around us.
Reduced breeding success in Great Black-backed Gulls Larus marinus due to harness-mounted GPS device
Studies involving fitting animals with bio-logging devices have provided essential information on behaviour, ecology, physiology and ultimately species conservation. Much BTO research in recent years...
Daily, seasonal and annual variation in area use of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus) related to offshore renewable developments
Thoracic harnesses are not suitable for Kittiwake tagging studies.
Biologging devices including GPS and satellite tags, which attach to individual animals and collect information on their movements, are increasingly deployed in ecology and conservation research....
BTO goes batty
How our Acoustic Pipeline project is contributing to bat conservation in some of Europe’s most threatened landscapes.
Connectivity between countries established by landbirds and raptors migrating along the African-Eurasian flyway
Each year, more than two billion birds migrate along the African-Eurasian flyway. The increasing availability of tracking technology, involving attaching very small devices to migrant songbirds, has...
Curlew are highly faithful to a small winter range, a finding which will inform conservation management for this Red-listed species.
In a collaborative study led by the University of Hull, BTO scientists aimed to find out more by establishing the overwinter home range size (the size of the space used by the birds during winter) of...
Exciting research conducted by an international team shines a new light on Swift migration.
Eurasian African Bird Migration Atlas spreads its wings
The Eurasian African Bird Migration Atlas makes the results of ringing and tracking data available to anyone wanting to explore the migration and movements of European birds.
BTO travels to Europe!
BTO travels to key conferences in Europe to share research and experience with colleagues from around the globe.
Tracking Lesser Black-backed Gull behaviour around wind farms
GPS technology data reveals a detailed picture which may be used to inform future collision risk assessments when new offshore developments are proposed.
A Haar Day's Month: Gull Tracking on the Isle of May
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a seabird ecologist? BTO scientist Daniel Johnston shares his first experience catching and tagging gulls to collect valuable data about their behaviour.
Development of a weak-link wing harness for use on large gulls (Laridae): methodology, evaluation and recommendations
Better utilisation and transparency of bird data collected by powerline companies
The continued increase in global energy demand requires expanding networks of power supply. High-voltage overhead powerlines, however, pose a collision and electrocution risk to some bird species if...
GPS tracking reveals landfill closures induce higher foraging effort and habitat switching in gulls
During the 20th century, gull populations across the globe increased rapidly in response to human activities, with the availability of waste food in landfill sites a key driver of their success....
Nocturnal thrushes affected by artificial light
New research from BTO has investigated the effect of artificial light at night on birds, indicating that nocturnal migrants are attracted to more brightly lit areas.
Spatial patterns of weed dispersal by wintering gulls within and beyond an agricultural landscape
Long‐distance migrants vary migratory behaviour as much as short‐distance migrants: an individual‐level comparison from a seabird species with diverse migration strategies
Carryover effects of long-distance avian migration are weaker than effects of breeding environment in a partially migratory bird
Assessing the effects of wind farms on wildlife
New research involving BTO has developed a framework to identify how wildlife might be affected by renewable energy developments.
A global horizon scan of the future impacts of robotics and autonomous systems on urban ecosystems
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...