Dr Malcolm Burgess

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Background

I am an experienced researcher and field biologist with a specialism in spatial ecology, demography and woodland ecology. Spatial ecology links most of my areas of work.

My research centres on diagnosing causes of decline in Afro-Palaearctic migratory birds. I am especially interested in trophic mismatch, timings of migration, migration routes and linking migration behaviour to individual fitness and population trends. For this work I use the latest tracking technology, currently focusing on small passerines including pied flycatcher, spotted flycatcher, wood warbler and whinchat.

I also study causes of decline in non-migratory woodland birds, in particular in relation to habitat availability and dispersal propensity. I am also developing tools to guide and test single species spatial prioritisation - identifying locations where species recovery work is most effective and metapopulation consequences.

I manage a number of field assistants and MSc students each year, and currently co-supervise two PhD students at Edinburgh and Exeter universities. I work with academic researchers across Europe investigating migration behaviour in pied flycatchers, and in the UK I set up and run PiedFly.Net, a citizen science project monitoring hole-nesting woodland birds across Southwest England.

External Activities

  • 2015 to present: Advisor to Special Marks Technical Panel
  • 2010 to present: Founded and run PiedFly.Net
  • 2007 to present: Honorary Research Fellow, University of Exeter

Partners and Collaboration

  • Dr Ally Phillimore, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Charles Tyler, University of Exeter
  • Prof Stu Bearhop, University of Exeter
  • Dr Chris Hewson, British Trust for Ornithology

Contact

Malcolm Burgess

Dr Malcolm Burgess

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

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

malcolm.burgess@rspb.org.uk

@piedflynet

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Specialisms

Climate change International species New methods and technologies UK species Woodland

Selected Publications

The importance of protected and unprotected areas for colongy occupancy and colony size in White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus in and around Gola Rainforest National Park, Sierra Leone

Most attention on tropical biodiversity conservation has focussed on protected areas. Recognising and enhancing the value of biodiversity outside, as well as inside, protected areas is increasingly important given recognition that biodiversity targets will not be met through protected areas alone. We investigated...

Date
01 November 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr Malcolm Burgess, Dr Annika Hillers
Authors
Burgess, M., Hillers, A., Bannah, D. & Mohamed, S.
Published in
Bird Conservation International
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International International species Tropical forests

Restoring abandoned coppice for birds: Few effects of conservation management on occupancy, fecundity and productivity of hole nesting birds

Changes in woodland management practices are implicated in observed population changes of many European woodland birds, yet the long-term effects of woodland management on bird demographics is poorly understood. Using detailed long-term ...

Date
08 August 2014
RSPB Authors
Dr Malcolm Burgess
Authors
Burgess, M.
Published in
Forest Ecology and Management
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Blue tit Great tit Pied flycatcher Redstart England UK species Woodland

The impact of changing habitat availability on population trends of woodland birds associated with early successional plantation woodland

Date
28 January 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr Malcolm Burgess
Authors
Burgess, M.D., Bellamy, P., Gillings, S., Noble, D.G., Grice, P.V. & Conway, G.J.
Published in
Bird Study
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UK UK species Woodland

Influence of agri-environment scheme options on territory settlement by Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) and Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra).

Conserving farmland birds is a key objective for agri-environment schemes (AES) across Europe, with a number of management options aimed at providing invertebrate food and nesting habitats. We analysed territory settlement by ...

Date
01 January 2014
RSPB Authors
Dr Malcolm Burgess, Dr Will Peach, Dr Rob Field, Dr Tony Morris
Authors
Burgess, M.D., Bright, J.A., Morris, A.J., Field, R.H., Grice, P.V., Cooke, A.L. & Peach, W.
Published in
Journal of Ornithology
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Corn bunting Yellowhammer England Agriculture UK species

Geolocators reveal new insights into ring ouzel Turdus torquatus migration routes and non-breeding areas

Capsule: The first details of the migration pattern of a male Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus, fitted with a geolocator on its Scottish breeding grounds, showed that it wintered in the Algerian Atlas Mountains, substantially east of the suspected main wintering area.

Date
02 September 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr Innes Sim, Prof Rhys Green, Dr Malcolm Burgess
Authors
Sim, I.M.W., Green, M., Rebecca, G.W. & Burgess, M.D.
Published in
Bird Study
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