Dr Lucy Wright

Principal Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Background

I investigate the environmental impacts of proposed new developments (eg renewable energy installations, airports) and the effectiveness of protected area networks for species conservation. Much of my research has focused on the bird species for which the UK is globally important, such as seabirds and wintering waterbirds.

I lead a small team of scientists. Together we provide the primary research and scientific advice required for RSPB policy and casework that aims to ensure the effective conservation of our finest wildlife sites. I represent the RSPB on a range of external groups with nature conservation, government and industry partners, largely in relation to the impacts of renewable energy developments on birds.

I am an experienced manager of people and projects, have managed several large collaborations and provide scientific advice to a wide range of government and industry partners.

My field skills include bird ringing (including specialist techniques such as cannon netting and GPS tagging) and a wide range of bird survey techniques. I have considerable experience of training others in these skills.

External Activities

  • 2016 to present: Associate Editor of Bird Study
  • Honorary Secretary and Scientific Committee Member, Wash Wader Ringing Group
  • 2016 to present: Member, UK Marine Renewables Ornithology Group

Contact

Lucy Wright

Dr Lucy Wright

Principal Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

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

lucy.wright@rspb.org.uk

@_LucyWright

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Specialisms

Identifying problems Marine New methods and technologies Protected areas UK species

Selected Publications

The role of habitat change in driving black grouse Tetrao tetrix population declines across Scotland

Capsule Black Grouse declines across Scotland were greatest on less heterogeneous moorland, at low to intermediate altitudes and, more weakly, around post-thicket woodland...

Date
09 February 2016
RSPB Authors
Lucy Mason, Dr David Douglas
Authors
Pearce-Higgins, J., Wright, L., Grant, M. & Douglas, D.
Published in
Bird Study
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Black grouse Scotland UK species

Resolving issues with environmental impact assessment of marine renewable energy installations

Growing concerns about climate change and energy security have fueled a rapid increase in the development of marine renewable energy installations (MREIs). The potential ecological consequences of increased use of these devices emphasizes the need for high quality...

Date
16 December 2014
RSPB Authors
Dr Aly McCluskie
Authors
Maclean, I.M.D., Inger, R., Benson, D., Booth, C.G., Embling, C.B., Grecian, W.J., Heymans, J.J., Plummer, K.E., Shackshaft, M., Sparling, C.E., Wilson, B., Wright, L.J., Bradbury, G., Christen, N., Godley, B.J., JAckson, A.C., McCluskie, A., Nicholls-Lee, R. & Bearhop, S.
Published in
Frontiers in Marine Science
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Climate change Marine

Importance of climatic and environmental change in the demography of a multi-brooded passerine, the woodlark Lullula arborea

We examined the influence of local weather conditions on reproductive success, timing of breeding and survival in a population of a multi-brooded ground nesting passerine (woodlark Lullula arborea) over...

Date
06 July 2009
RSPB Authors
Prof Rhys Green, Dr John Mallord
Authors
Wright, L.J., Hoblyn, R.A., Green, R.E., Bowden, C.G.R., Mallord, J.W., Sutherland, W.J. & Dolman, P.M.
Published in
Journal of Animal Ecology
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Woodlark UK Climate change

Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus and woodlark Lullula arborea – recovering species in Britain?

The Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus and Woodlark Lullula arborea are identified as species of conservation concern at both a UK and a European level on account of historical declines in their population...

Date
23 November 2007
RSPB Authors
Dr Rowena Langston, Simon Wotton, Dr John Mallord
Authors
Langston, R.H.W., Wotton, S.R., Conway, G.J., Wright, L.J., Mallord, J.W., Currie, F.A., Drewitt, A.L., Grice, P.V., Hoccom, D.G. & Symes, N.
Published in
Ibis
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Nightjar Woodlark UK UK species

The Breeding Bird Survey 2009

This is the fifteenth annual report of the BTO/JNCC/ RSPB Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), containing the population trends of widespread UK bird species during the period 1994–2009.

Date
01 July 2010
Authors
Risely, K., Baillie, S.R., Eaton, M.A., Joys, A.C., Musgrove, A.J., Noble, D.G., Renwick, A.R.
Published in
BTO Research Report No. 559. BTO, Thetford
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UK species