Alison Beresford

Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Background

I work in the International Research section of the Conservation Science Department. I specialise in spatial analysis of large datasets using ArcGIS, R and Python. I'm currently working on a project investigating the role of phenology change in Afro-palearctic migrant declines and a project to improve the monitoring of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) through the use of remote sensing.

Over the years I have worked on a variety of different RSPB Conservation Science projects, including:

  • Monitoring land cover change on African Important Bird Areas and assessing the effectiveness of protected areas,
  • Using citizen science data to model species distributions in Denmark,
  • Investigating the impact of agri-environment schemes on black grouse in Wales,
  • Modelling spoon-billed sandpiper distributions,
  • Counting dotterel in the Cairngorms,
  • Assessing the effectiveness of habitat creation as compensation for development projects,
  • Mapping the opportunities, constraints and ecological sensitivities to renewable energy across the UK,
  • Assessing the potential ecological impacts of fracking in the UK,
  • Providing evidence for the defence of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives,
  • Analysing the results of long-term grazing trials in the northern Pennines.

Before working for the RSPB, I was the RSPB's first ever intern (my claim to fame!) working on the London House Sparrow Parks Project. I also worked at the Institute of Zoology, red-listing molluscs, crayfish and marine fish.

Contact

Alison Beresford

Alison Beresford

Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Scotland Headquarters, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, EH12 9DH

alison.beresford@rspb.org.uk

Research Gate

Specialisms

Climate change International species New methods and technologies Protected areas Tropical forests

Selected Publications

The contributions of the EU Nature Directives to the CBD and other multilateral environmental agreements

Through a review of published studies and new analyses of publicly available data, we assess how the European Union (EU) Nature Directives complements the CBD strategic goals for 2020 as set out in the 20 Aichi Targets, thereby addressing a question posed by the European Commission about the coherence of the Directives with other international biodiversity...

Date
01 June 2016
RSPB Authors
Alison Beresford, Dr Graeme Buchanan, Dr Fiona Sanderson, Dr Rebecca Jefferson
Authors
Beresford, A.E., Buchanan, G.M., Sanderson, F.J., Jefferson, R. & Donald, P.F.
Published in
Conservation Letters
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International Protected areas

Protection reduces loss of natural land-cover at sites of conservation importance across Africa

There is an emerging consensus that protected areas are key in reducing adverse land-cover change, but their efficacy remains difficult to quantify. Many previous assessments of protected area effectiveness ...

Date
29 May 2013
RSPB Authors
Dr Graeme Buchanan, Dr Paul Donald
Authors
Beresford, A.E., Eshiamwata, G.W., Donald, P.F., Balmford, A., Bertzky, B., Brink, A.B., Fishpool, L.D.C., Mayaux, P., Phalan, B., Simonetti, D. & Buchanan, G.M.
Published in
PLoS ONE
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International Protected areas

Poor overlap between the distribution of Protected Areas and globally threatened birds in Africa

Protected Areas (PAs) form a core component of efforts to conserve biodiversity, but are designated for a variety of reasons. We assessed the effectiveness of PAs in covering the ranges of 157 globally...

Date
12 October 2010
RSPB Authors
Dr Graeme Buchanan, Dr Paul Donald
Authors
Beresford, A.E., Buchanan, G.M., Donald, P.F., Butchart, S.H.M., Fishpool, L.D.C. & Rondinini, C.
Published in
Animal Conservation
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International Identifying problems Protected areas

Toward quantification of the impact of 21st century deforestation on the extinction risk of terrestrial vertebrates

Conservation actions need to be prioritised, often taking into account species’ extinction risk. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List provides an accepted objective framework for the assessment of extinction risk, but field data to apply the IUCN Red List criteria ...

Date
26 May 2016
RSPB Authors
Alison Beresford, Dr Graeme Buchanan
Authors
Tracewski, L., Butchart, S.H.M., Di Marco, M., Ficetola, G.F., Rondinini, C., Symes, A., Wheatley, H., Beresford, A.E. & Buchanan, G.M.
Published in
Conservation Biology
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Tropical forests Woodland

Reconciling biodiversity conservation and widespread deployment of renewable energy technologies in the UK

Renewable energy will potentially make an important contribution towards the dual aims of meeting carbon emission reduction targets and future energy demand. However, some technologies have considerable potential to impact on the biodiversity of the environments in which they are ...

Date
25 May 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr Leah Williams, Dr Rowena Langston, Dr Richard Bradbury
Published in
PLOS one
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UK Climate change