Dr Allan Perkins

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Background

My work with the RSPB, and previously with Oxford University, has mostly involved studying the ecology of farmland birds, developing management solutions to halt and reverse population declines, and monitoring the effectiveness of agri-environment schemes.

In 2002 I moved to Aberdeen, where my farmland bird research has focused on the conservation of corn bunting populations in eastern Scotland. In 2012 I completed my PhD with Edinburgh University on this subject.

In recent years my research has diversified to include waders and seabirds, solving problems such as determining the cause of decline of the UK's breeding whimbrels and Arctic skuas, and developing new methods for monitoring nocturnal burrow-nesting seabirds.

Other research has included monitoring Slavonian grebes to identify the main cause of nest loss and a review of analytical methods widely used to assess the impact of offshore wind farms on seabird populations.

Partners and Collaboration

  • Dr Andy Douse, Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Dr Jessica Shaw, Scottish Natural Heritage

Contact

Allan Perkins

Dr Allan Perkins

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

East Scotland Regional Office, 10 Albyn Terrace, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB10 1YP

allan.perkins@rspb.org.uk

Specialisms

Agriculture Marine UK species

Selected Publications

Adaptive management and targeting of agri-environment schemes does benefit biodiversity: a case study of the corn bunting

Agri-environment schemes (AES) are the main European policy response to biodiversity loss caused by agricultural intensification. Maximizing their effectiveness is a key policy challenge. Monitor...

Date
08 February 2011
RSPB Authors
Dr Allan Perkins, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Perkins, A.J., Maggs, H.E., Watson, A. & Wilson, J.D.
Published in
Journal of Applied Ecology
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Corn bunting Scotland Agriculture UK species

Delayed mowing increases corn bunting Emberiza calandra nest success in an agri-environment scheme trial

Management intensification in agricultural grasslands is a major conservation concern. During the last 50 years, meadows have been drained, re-seeded with high-yielding grasses, treated with chemicals...

Date
19 October 2013
RSPB Authors
Dr Allan Perkins, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Perkins, A.J., Maggs, H.E., Wilson, J.D. & Watson, A.
Published in
Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment
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Corn bunting Scotland Agriculture UK species

Conservation insights from changing associations between habitat, territory distribution and mating system of corn buntings Emberiza calandra over a 20-year population decline

Associations between habitat and animal distributions are widely used to make conservation recommendations. However, short-term studies do not allow investigation of temporal variation in associations...

Date
21 June 2012
RSPB Authors
Dr Allan Perkins, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Perkins, A.J., Watson, A., Maggs, H.E. & Wilson, J.D.
Published in
Ibis
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Scotland Agriculture UK species

Crop sward structure explains seasonal variation in nest site selection and informs agri-environment scheme design for a species of high conservation concern: the Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra

Capsule: Corn Buntings nested in tall dense grasses and cereals, selecting for sward density over height, and cereal fields with high weed scores.

Date
11 September 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr Allan Perkins, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Perkins, A.J., Maggs, H.E. & Wilson, J.D.
Published in
Bird Study
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Corn bunting Agriculture Identifying problems

Winter bird use of seed-rich habitats in agri-environment schemes

To assess the effectiveness of over-winter seed provision by agri-environment schemes, bird use of patches of seed-bearing crops was compared with that of other seed-rich habitats on 53 farms in eastern...

Date
11 March 2008
RSPB Authors
Dr Allan Perkins, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Perkins, A.J., Maggs, H.E. & Wilson, J.D.
Published in
Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment
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Scotland Farmland birds Agriculture UK species