Dr Gillian Gilbert

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Background

I currently manage a project tasked with defining 'Favourable Conservation Status' which has a Europe-wide view and marries science with policy. I also manage a species-specific project on red-billed chough on Islay. The Chough Project is focused on food availability issues and the role of livestock medicines which do not contain the anti-parasitic agent Ivermectin in the abundance of dung invertebrates.

Most of my research has involved species-specific investigations into the reasons for bird declines with the luxury of turning the results into practical conservation solutions and advice, with a tendency to focus more on wetland and coastal species and habitats.

My previous research interests have also involved bioacoustics and devising and testing monitoring methods for some difficult species.

Over the years I have worked on a wide range of species, of most interest have been grasshopper warbler, bittern, corncrake, spotted crake, storm petrel and stone-curlew. Along the way I've acquired a range of skills such as bird ringing, sampling invertebrates, fish and water quality.

Partners and Collaboration

  • Prof Nicholas Jonsson, Glasgow University

Contact

Gillian Gilbert

Dr Gillian Gilbert

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

South and West Scotland Regional Office, 10 Park Quadrant, Glasgow, G3 6BS

gillian.gilbert@rspb.org.uk

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Specialisms

Agriculture Identifying problems Protected areas UK species

Selected Publications

Grasshopper warbler Locustella naevia breeding habitat in Britain

Capsule Structural aspects were common across a range of different habitat types and there was evidence that this breeding habitat was limited in extent. Aims To characterize Grasshopper Warbler breed...

Date
02 April 2012
RSPB Authors
Dr Gillian Gilbert
Authors
Gilbert, G.
Published in
Bird Study
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Grasshopper warbler UK UK species

Bird-habitat relationships in reedswamps and fens

This chapter focuses on the habitat relationships of birds that are closely associated with reedswamps and fens in western Europe. These are normally waterlogged habitats with vegetation frequently ...

Date
01 December 2012
RSPB Authors
Dr Gillian Gilbert
Authors
Gilbert, G. & Smith, K.W.
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International

Bitterns and Bittern Conservation in the UK

Once widespread and even locally numerous across the lowlands of the UK, the Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris had been extirpated by a combination of habitat loss and persecution by the late 1880s....

Date
01 January 2012
RSPB Authors
Simon Wotton
Authors
Brown, A., Gilbert, G. & Wotton, S.
Published in
British Birds
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Bittern UK UK species

Current dynamics and predicted vulnerability to sea-level rise of a threatened bittern

The decline of the Bittern Botaurus stellaris has long been symbolic of wetland habitat loss and fragmentation across western Europe. Wetland restoration and creation activity, targeted at Bittern, has...

Date
23 April 2010
RSPB Authors
Dr Gillian Gilbert, Simon Wotton
Authors
Gilbert, G., Brown, A.F. & Wotton, S.R.
Published in
Ibis
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Bittern UK UK species

The influence of habitat management on the breeding success of the great bittern Botaurus stellaris in Britain

Great Bitterns Botaurus stellaris have experienced a population decline in the UK, such that in 1997 the total number of breeding males was just 11. This study aimed to identify factors affecting...

Date
01 January 2007
RSPB Authors
Dr Gillian Gilbert
Authors
Gilbert, G., Tyler, G.A., Dunn, C.J., Ratcliffe, N. & Smith, K.W.
Published in
Ibis
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Bittern UK UK species