Publications for Will Kirby

The State of Nature 2019

The State of Nature report 2019 presents an overview of how wildlife is faring in the UK and its Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies. Additionally, it assesses the pressures that are acting on nature, and the responses being made, collectively, to counter these pressures

Date
07 October 2019
RSPB Authors
Dr Daniel Hayhow, Dr Mark Eaton, Dr Fiona Burns, Andrew Stanbury, Will Kirby, Dr Joelene Hughes
Authors
Hayhow, Daniel Eaton, Mark Burns, Fiona Stanbury, Andrew Kirby, Will Bailey, Neil Beckmann, Björn C. Bedford, Jacob Boersch-Supan, Philipp Coomber, Frazer Dennis, Emily Dolman, Sarah Dunn, Euan Hall, Jonathan Harrower, Colin Hatfield, Jack Hawley, Jenny Haysom, Karen Hughes, Joelene Symes, Nigel
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Double-brooding and renesting in British Hawfinches

First confirmed case of two successfully fledged Hawfinch broods by the same female in a single season. Includes details of Hawfinch breeding ecology derived by following radio-tagged females across five breeding seasons in England and Wales and a literature review of previous records relating to Hawfinch nesting.

Date
04 March 2019
RSPB Authors
Will Kirby, Andrew Stanbury, Paul Bellamy
Authors
Kirby, Will Stanbury, Andrew Bellamy, Paul Lewis, Jerry
Published in
British Birds
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Nest survival, causes of failure and productivity of British Hawfinches Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Capsule: Nest success rate of Hawfinches Coccothraustes coccothraustes within our study areas averaged 36% across five seasons, a level unlikely to be driving population declines and considerably higher than was suggested by recent estimates from the long-term Nest Record Scheme.Aims: To investigate potential habitat correlates...

Date
03 September 2018
RSPB Authors
Will Kirby, Andrew Stanbury, Paul Bellamy
Authors
Kirby, W.B., Stanbury, A.J., Lewis, J., Smith, D.L., Cross, A.V., Grice, P.V. & Bellamy, P.E.
Published in
Bird Study 65 (3): 279-289
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Breeding season habitat associations and population declines of British Hawfinches Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Capsule: At both landscape and local scales, breeding persistence in a declining Hawfinch population was greatest where broadleaved woodland cover was high, while at a fine scale, nest sites were associated with openings in the woodland canopy.

Date
03 June 2015
RSPB Authors
Will Kirby, Paul Bellamy
Authors
Kirby, W.B., Bellamy, P.E., Stanbury, A.J., Bladon, A.J., Grice, P.V. & Gillings, S.
Published in
Bird Study
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Supplementary feeding of mealworms enhances reproductive success in garden nesting House Sparrows Passer domesticus

Mealworm provisioning increased clutch size and chick survival in garden-nesting house sparrows. We tested experimentally whether invertebrate availability limits reproductive success in garden-nesting house sparrows Passer ...

Date
09 June 2014
RSPB Authors
Dr Will Peach, Will Kirby
Authors
Peach, W.J., Sheehan, D.K. & Kirby, W.B.
Published in
Bird Study
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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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Conservation tillage encourages early breeding by skylarks Alauda arvensis

Capsule Increased crop residue on the soil surface, left as a result of conservation tillage, encouraged earlier nesting in winter wheat fields.

Date
01 January 2007
RSPB Authors
Dr Rob Field, Dr Richard Bradbury, Will Kirby
Authors
Field, R. H. and colleagues
Published in
Bird Study
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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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Territory and nest-site habitat associations of spotted flycatchers Muscicapa striata breeding in central England

The spotted flycatcher Muscicapa striata is a Red Listed Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Priority Species, which is declining dramatically across all habitats in the UK; the population fell by 75% from 1974 to 1999 (Gregory et al. 2002)...

Date
30 March 2005
RSPB Authors
Will Kirby, Dr Richard Bradbury
Authors
Kirby, W., Black, K., Pratt, S. & Bradbury, R.
Published in
Ibis
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Survival rates, causes of failure and productivity of Skylark

This paper analyses data from 995 Skylark Alauda arvensis nests found on lowland farms in southern England from 1996 to 1998. The majority of recorded nest failures were caused by predation.

Date
01 January 2002
RSPB Authors
Dr Paul Donald, Dr David Buckingham, Will Kirby
Authors
Donald, P. F. and colleagues
Published in
Ibis
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