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Title: Chris Wernham


1
Our achievements together in Scotland
Chris Wernham Head of BTO Scotland (with notes)
2
Sound support from the start
3
Thanks for getting us off to a great start!
To Jeremy Greenwood, (then BTO Director), BTO
Management Team and BTO Council for strong and
continuing support To the Esmée Fairburn
Foundation for essential start-up funding
To the Scottish Ornithologists Club - for a warm
welcome and continuing superb support To Alan
Lauder (first Head of BTO Scotland) - for setting
us on a sound path, and for twisting my arm to
take over To Professor David Bryant, then Head
of the School of Biological Sciences at Stirling
University for establishing us at a great
location and Kirsty Park for all her support at
Stirling
4
Management of our uplands and moorlands
5
Research into moorland management
Particular thanks to Phil Rayson Andre Thiel
(Scottish Coal) for their supportive working
relationship Thanks to all BTO/JNCC/RSPB
Breeding Bird Survey volunteers and BBS Regional
Organisers for providing strong reference data
sets Thanks to Scottish Natural Heritage and
Forestry Commission Scotland for funding and
support for moorland fringe management
research Thanks to all the landowners and
managers who welcome us onto their estates and
facilitate our research
6
Scrub, woodland forestry management
7
Research into scrub, woodland forestry
management
Particular thanks to Mike Smith and others at
Forest Research for productive collaborations and
funding Thanks to Forestry Commission Scotland
Highland Birchwoods for additional
funding Particular thanks to the J JR Wilson
Trust for recent funding for independent
reviewing of findings
8
Species-focused research
9
Intensive research on autecology and movements
Neil Morrison Derek Robertson Rob Campbell Tom
Dougall Mike McDowell Tay Ringing Group Lothian
Ringing Group
Thanks to those individuals and Ringing Groups
that have given so much of their time and
part-funded projects
Thanks to those who have funded these intensive
projects Scottish Natural Heritage AEB
Trust Dulverton Trust Robertson Trust J JR
Wilson Trust SOC Biotrack
10
Raptor research
11
Thanks for making the Scottish Raptor Monitoring
Scheme a success ...
To all members of the Scottish Raptor Study
Groups who submit most of the records Particular
thanks to representatives of the partner
organisations of the SRMS Des Thompson, Andrew
Stevenson Simon Foster (SNH) Patrick
Stirling-Aird, Alan Heavisides, Wendy Mattingley
David Jardine (SRSGs) Gordon Riddle (SOC) Mark
Holling (RBBP) David Stroud (JNCC) Staffan Roos
Jerry Wilson (RSPB Scotland) Kenny Kortland
Gordon Patterson (FCS) Helen Riley (SRMG
Secretariat)
and to Brian Etheridge, ever enthusiastic Raptor
Monitoring Officer!
12
Getting more volunteers involved in long-term
monitoring in Scotland
13
Thanks for so many successful activities to
involve more volunteers
To all BTO volunteers, Regional Reps, BBS
Organisers, WeBS Local Organisers, Bird Atlas
Organisers, GBW Ambassador, SOC Local Bird
Recorders SOC branches all have supported us
in so many ways! To a huge number of partners
who have spread the word or collaborated on
training events Atholl Estates, BASC Scotland,
Dunecht Estates, Glasgow City Council, GWCT, John
Muir Trust, LLTNP, Mountaineering Council of
Scotland, Munro Society, NTS, RSPB Scotland,
Scottish Land Estates, SCA, SGA, SNH, SWT
To SNH particularly Andy Douse, for funding and
huge support To the Gillman Trusts, the AEB
Trust, the Robertson Trust, the Scottish
Mountaineering Trust the Scottish Government
for additional funding
To all Bird Atlas sponsors and supporters in
Scotland
14
Looking to the future
Introducing some BTO staff members future
research aspirations
15
Understanding the seasonal movements and
provenance of Short-eared Owls
John Calladine Senior Research Ecologist (BTO
Scotland)
  • How do we build on the research already carried
    out to increase our understanding of ecological
    needs and improve interpretation of monitoring
    information?
  • Need to better understand seasonal movements,
    fine-scale habitat requirements, population
    mixing and the influences of prey and predators
    on breeding success and behaviour
  • Knowledge is currently inadequate to allow
    effective conservation management

16
How are recent environmental changes affecting
Scotlands birds?
Rob Fuller Science Director (Ecological Change)
  • Bird Atlas 2007-11 unique in scope and scale
  • How have birds responded to climate change during
    the last 20 years?
  • The value of predicting and testing future changes

17
Benefits of scrub and woodland management for
Scotlands birds
James Bray Fieldwork Training Coordinator
(BTO Scotland)
  • How does bird species composition and abundance
    vary in scrub and woodland of different age,
    composition, structure and geographical area?
  • How can we make best use of existing studies and
    volunteer enthusiasm and skills to improve the
    evidence base?
  • The value of integrating studies to improve
    advice on the impacts of future
    land-use changes

18
Ph D studentships the ecology of breeding
Dunlin in Scotland
Andy Dobson Research Ecologist (BTO Scotland)
  • A fascinating species that may be in decline
    across Scotland
  • An opportunity to use a combination of
    traditional field-craft and modern technologies
    to better understand the species and provide
    excellent student training
  • A way of BTO scientists passing on their skills
    to the next generation and students learning
    about the BTO
  • Just one example of a range of
    possible PhDs

19
Engaging young people with long-term monitoring
of birds
Ieuan Evans Head of Membership Volunteering
  • How can we complement the work of other
    biodiversity organisations that inspire and
    engage young people?
  • How can we introduce them to long-term recording
    of birds and get them engaged with our monitoring
    schemes?
  • We can develop young people as recording
    ambassadors whilst providing them with essential
    life skills and fun

20
Surveys of inland-breeding seabirds and the next
national seabird census
Liz Humphreys Research Ecologist (BTO Scotland)
  • How can we best support JNCC and the other
    partners to provide a 4th comprehensive census?
  • The value of Bird Atlas 2007-11 data for inland-
    and urban-breeding species in particular
  • Using BTOs expertise and volunteer networks to
    best effect to enhance the coverage of previous
    censuses

21
Help us by sharing your ideas . . .
1. Why do you find this research area
attractive? 2. Why is it important for the birds
and people of Scotland? 3. Who might be
interested in funding such work and what are the
major selling points?
If you have any suggestions for strengthening the
ideas or for other priority areas of work, please
write them on post-its and stick these onto the
poster boards
22
Thanks to all the photographers!
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