Dr Richard Bradbury

Head of People Conservation Science, Conservation Science

Background

I lead the new ‘people conservation science’ team at RSPB’s Centre for Conservation Science, monitoring and understanding the human side of conservation issues, testing solutions to problems and evaluating whether actions work. The team has a particular interest in measuring and valuing nature’s contributions to people, in particular natural climate solutions and sustainable agriculture, and understanding the roles of nudges, perceptions, attitudes and connection to nature for influencing behaviour change.

We work in close collaboration with other teams in the Centre for Conservation Science, colleagues across RSPB and Birdlife International, and a wide range of other academic, statutory agency, government and NGO partners.

External Activities

  • 2015 to present: Honorary Research Fellow at Cambridge University
  • 2017 to present: member of Advisory group for ‘ASSIST’ national capability research programme on sustainable agriculture
  • 2018 to present: member of Natural England Scientific Advisory Committee
  • 2019 to present: member of Cambridge University ‘C-Clear’ Doctoral Training Programme Advisory Board

Partners and Collaboration

  • Prof Andrew Balmford, Cambridge University
  • Dr Stuart Butchart, BirdLife International
  • Dr Karl Evans, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Kelvin Peh, University of Southampton
  • Dr Bendan Fisher, University of Vermont

Contact

Richard Bradbury

Dr Richard Bradbury

Head of People Conservation Science, Conservation Science

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

richard.bradbury@rspb.org.uk

@Rich_B_Bradbury

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Specialisms

Ecosystem services

Selected Publications

A framework for assessing threats and benefits to species responding to climate change

Current national and international frameworks for assessing threats to species have not been developed in the context of climate change, and are not framed in a way that recognises new opportunities.

Date
21 September 2010
RSPB Authors
Dr Richard Bradbury
Authors
Thomas, C.D., Hill, J.K., Anderson, B.J., Bailey, S., Beale, C.M., Bradbury, R.B., Bulman, C.R., Crick, H.Q.P., Eigenbrod, F., Griffiths, H.M., Kunin, W.E., Oliver, T.H., Walmsley, C.A., Watts, K., Wordfold, N.T. & Yardley, T.
Published in
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
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Protected areas facilitate species' range expansions

The benefits of protected areas (PAs) for biodiversity have been questioned in the context of climate change because PAs are static, whereas the distributions of species are dynamic. Current PAs may...

Date
28 August 2012
RSPB Authors
Dr Richard Bradbury
Authors
Thomas, C.D., Gillingham, P.K., Bradbury, R.B., Roy, D.B., Anderson, B.J., Baxter, J.M., Bourn, N.A.D., Crick, H.Q.P., Findon, R.A., Fox, R., Hodgson, J.A., Holt, A.R., Morecroft, M.D., O'Hanlon, N.J., Oliver, T.H., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Procter, D.A., Thomas, J.A., Walker, K.J., Walmsley, C.A. et al.
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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Farmland birds and resource protection in the UK: Cross-cutting solutions for multi-functional farming?

Farmland bird declines in Europe are well documented. In the UK, agri-environment schemes are key mechanisms for reversing the declines of birds and other farmland biodiversity, but recent reviews...

Date
06 January 2006
RSPB Authors
Dr Richard Bradbury, Will Kirby
Authors
Bradbury, R.B. & Kirby, W.B.
Published in
Biological Conservation
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TESSA: A toolkit for rapid assessment of ecosystem services at sites of biodiversity conservation importance

Sites that are important for biodiversity conservation can also provide significant benefits (i.e. ecosystem services) to people. Decision-makers need to know how change to a site, whether development...

Date
09 July 2013
RSPB Authors
Dr Richard Bradbury
Authors
Peh, K.S.-H., Balmford, A., Bradbury, R.B., Brown, C., Butchart, S.H.M., Hughes, F.M.R., Stattersfield, A., Thomas, D.H.L., Walpole, M., Bayliss, J., Gowing, D., Jones, J.P.G., Lewis, S.L., Mulligan, M., Pandeya, B., Stratford, C., Thompson, J.R., Turner, K., Vira, B., Willcock, S. et al.
Published in
Ecosystem Services
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UK National Ecosystem Assessment: understanding nature's value to society. Synthesis of key findings

The UK NEA represents a first attempt to assess our stocks of natural ecosystem resources, their state and the trends in their development.

Date
01 June 2014
RSPB Authors
Dr Richard Bradbury
Authors
Richard Aspinall, Mel Austen, Richard Bardgett, Ian Bateman, Pam Berry, William Bird, Claire Brown, James Bullock, Jacquie Burgess, Andrew Church, Sue Christie, Ian Crute, Linda Davies, Gareth Edwards-Jones, Bridget Emmett, Les Firbank, Alastair Fitter, Chris Gibson, Rosie Hails, Roy Haines-Young, Louise Heathwaite, John Hopkins, Martin Jenkins, Laurence Jones, Georgina Mace, Stephen Malcolm, Ed Maltby, Lindsay Maskell, Ken Norris, Steve Ormerod, Juliet Osborne, Jules Pretty, Chris Quine, Shaun Russell, Lucy Simpson, Pete Smith, Megan Tierney, Kerry Turner, René van der Wal, Bhaskar Vira, Matt Walpole, Andrew Watkinson, Tony Weighell, Jonathan Winn and Michael Winter.
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