I am responsible for overseeing the RSPB's involvement in the monitoring of birds in the UK and overseas. This includes the RSPB input into generic multi-species schemes such as the British Trust for Ornithology/Joint Nature Conservation Committee/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey, our programme of periodic surveys of rarer breeding birds (Statutory Conservation Agencies & RSPB Annual Breeding Birds Scheme, SCARABBS) and the work of the Rare Breeding Birds Panel (RBBP).
I am responsible for work synthesising monitoring results to assess the health of both our avifauna and the wider environment, such as the annual State of the UK's Birds reports, wild bird indicators, and red-listing (eg Birds of Conservation Concern). In recent years I have developed an involvement in the monitoring and reporting on the status of biodiversity more widely, in collaboration with a wide range of partners, most notably through the State of Nature partnership.
My work extends overseas, for example supporting the development of common bird monitoring schemes in eastern Europe and Africa, and in assessing biodiversity knowledge in the UK's Overseas Territories.
I manage a small team, who in turn are responsible for up to 20 contract staff in the field season.
I have considerable experience in survey and monitoring: field methods, survey design and analysis. I am particularly interested in the development of biodiversity indicators and status assessments such as red-listing and am a capable and active communicator of science to a wide audience.
- 2012 to present: Chair of Rare Breeding Birds Panel
- 2011 to present: Member of the Steering Committee for the European Breeding Bird Atlas
- 2010 to present: Observer to European Birds Census Council
Partners and Collaboration
- David Noble, Principal Ecologist, British Trust for Ornithology
- Andy Brown, Principal Specialist, Natural England
- David Stroud, Senior Ornithological Adviser, JNCC
- Andy Musgrove, Associate Director, British Trust for Ornithology