Dr Guy Anderson

UK Migrants Programme Manager, Nature Recovery

Background

My current role focuses on managing many of the 'business' elements of a science team. Making sure the science gets done and is used effectively. This is done by getting the finances, recruitment, and equipment right and making sure the right communication is happening between our scientists and the wide range of other teams within the RSPB.

My previous research roles with the RSPB have focused on identifying causes of and solutions to conservation problems faced by birds and other wildlife on UK farmland.

Bird movements on a whole range of scales and bird demography are particular areas of interest for me. I assist a wide range of research projects in the UK with a focus on those requiring bird trapping, ringing and tagging. I am one of the science leads for RSPB's work on the Globally Threatened spoon-billed sandpiper, focusing on surveys and satellite tracking on their migration routes and wintering grounds.

I manage the science admin and technical support teams. The people who get our scientists to where they need to be, get them all the equipment they need to carry our the science, and get them paid!

I am an experienced manager of a wide range of people, projects, finances and science communications. My field biology background gives me good field skills and experience of a wide range of UK and global habitat types. Particularly bird identification, wildlife survey methods, avian ecological studies, bird ringing and electronic tagging and wide ranging experience of training others in all these.

External Activities

  • Qualified trainer under the British and Irish Bird Ringing Scheme
  • 2007-2010: British Trust for Ornithology Ringing Committee member
  • 2006-present: Ringing & Migration Editorial Board member

Partners and Collaboration

  • Phil Grice and Dr Andy Brown, Natural England
  • Dr Nigel Clark, British Trust for Ornithology
  • Dr Baz Hughes and Dr Richard Hearn, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
  • Prof Chang Qing, Nanjing Normal University

Contact

Guy Anderson

Dr Guy Anderson

UK Migrants Programme Manager, Nature Recovery

The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL

guy.anderson@rspb.org.uk

@Guy_QA_Anderson

Specialisms

Agriculture International species New methods and technologies UK species

Selected Publications

First formal estimate of the world population of the Critically Endangered spoon-billed sandpiper Calidris pygmaea

The spoon-billed sandpiper Calidris pygmaea is a Critically Endangered shorebird that breeds in the Russian arctic and winters in coastal and estuarine habitats in South-east Asia. We report the first formal estimate of its global population size, combining a mark–resighting estimate of the...

Date
03 October 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr Guy Anderson
Authors
Clark, N.A., Anderson, G.Q.A., Li, J. & Syroechkovskiy, E.E.
Published in
Oryx
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International International species

Breeding ecology of yellow wagtails Motacilla flava in an arable landscape dominated by autumn-sown crops

Yellow wagtails successfully raised two consecutive broods in landscapes dominated by autumn sown crops and did not require spring crops or fallow plots for later nesting.

Date
08 August 2012
RSPB Authors
Will Kirby, Dr Guy Anderson, Dr Will Peach
Authors
Kirby, W.B., Anderson, G.Q.A., Grice, P.V., Soanes, L., Thompson, C. & Peach, W.J.
Published in
Bird Study
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Yellow wagtail UK Agriculture

Effects of agri-environment management for stone curlews on other biodiversity

Two-hectare unsown, tilled fallow plots put in place under agri-environment schemes for stone curlews Burhinus oedicnemus in England were surveyed for other bird species, brown hares Lepus europaetts,...

Date
14 February 2012
RSPB Authors
Dr Michael MacDonald, Dr Guy Anderson
Authors
MacDonald, M.A., Maniakowski, M., Cobbold, G., Grice, P.V. & Anderson, G.Q.A.
Published in
Biological Conservation
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Stone-curlew UK Agriculture

An agri-environment option boosts productivity of Corn Buntings Emberiza calandra in the UK

The potential for agri-environment schemes to reverse farmland bird declines is limited for some species by a lack of suitable prescriptions, in particular effective in-field options for species that...

Date
13 February 2012
RSPB Authors
Dr Rosemary Setchfield, Dr Guy Anderson
Authors
Setchfield, R.P., Mucklow, C., Davey, A., Bradter, U & Anderson, G.Q.A.
Published in
Ibis
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Corn bunting UK Agriculture

Agri-environment management for corncrake Crex crex delivers higher species richness and abundance across other taxonomic groups

This study tested whether agri-environment scheme (AES) management for corncrakes in the UK is associated with higher diversity or abundance of non-target flora and fauna relative to similar land outside...

Date
21 April 2012
RSPB Authors
Nick Wilkinson, Dr Guy Anderson, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Wilkinson, N.I., Wilson, J.D. & Anderson, G.Q.A.
Published in
Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment
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Corncrake UK Agriculture