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Department of Zoology



Following a PhD at Oxford, a Post doc at the University of East Anglia and research posts at Scottish Natural Heritage, University of Edinburgh and the British Trust for Ornithology I now Head the International Research Section in the RSPB's Centre for Conservation Science.  In 2015 I became an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology at Cambridge. I am a member of the Darwin Initiative Expert Committee and chair the Policy Committee of the British Ecological Society. I am the RSPB representative on the Cambridge MPhil in Conservation Leadership.


My work has focussed on ‘diagnosing causes of species decline and developing political or practical solutions to stem or reverse those declines’. I have had strong interest in the impact of land use change on bird populations particularly farmland birds in Europe. In more recent years, as my research has taken an international focus, I have extended this interest to birds in tropical agricultural systems, and built on long standing interests in the decline of Afro-Palearctic migrant birds and the impact of non-native invasive species and developed links with livelihood and socio economic research fields. I have supervised a large number of PhDs both in the UK (UEA, St Andrews and Oxford) and abroad (Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya), hosted several SCCS internships and am a mentor for the Cambridge MPhil in Conservation Leadership.

I currently head a team of scientific staff at the RSPB who work on species and site conservation both at the strategic and policy level (e.g. prioritisation for conservation, progress towards Aichi targets, impact of policy measures, land sparing and land sharing in the tropics) and the practical level (e.g. impact of non-native invasive species, approaches in rainforest restoration, critical species conservation). Our research underpins the work of the RSPB in conserving threatened sites, species and habitats throughout the world and building the scientific capacity of the in-country partner organisations with which we work.


Other publications: 

In press

Bond, A.L., Brooke,  M. De L., Cuthbert, R.J., Lavers, J.L.G., Mcclelland, T.W., Churchyard, T., Donaldson, A., Duffield, N.,  Forrest, A., Harrison, G., Mackinnon, L., Proud, T., Skinner, A., Torr, N., Vickery, J.A. & Oppel, S. 2018 Population status of four endemic land bird species after an unsuccessful rodent eradication on Henderson Island. Bird Conservation International Early view online

Mallord, J.W.,  Orsman, C.J., Roberts J.T., Boafo, K., Skeen, R.Q. , Sheehan, D.K. & Vickery, J.A. In press. Apparent resilience of a declining Afro-Palaearctic migrant to forest loss on the wintering grounds. Ibis. DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12572 Early view online.

Rose, D.C., Sutherland, W.J., Amano, T., González‐Varo, J.P., Robertson, R.J., Simmons, B.I., Wauchope, H.S., Kovacs, E., Durán, A.P., Vadrot, A.B., Wu, W., Dias, M.P., Di Fonzo, M.M., Ivory, S., Norris, L., Nunes, M.H., Nyumba, T.O., Steiner, N., Vickery, J. & Mukherjee, N. In press. The major barriers to evidence‐informed conservation policy and possible solutions. Conservation Letters


Oppel, S., Vickery, J.A., Zavalishina, A., Smagulova, A.,Turebaev, A., 2018. Raptor inventory of the Karatau State Nature Reserve, southern Kazakhstan. Sandgrouse 40(4), 60–72.

Stout, J.C., Bruijn, B, Delaney, A., Doke, D.A., Gyimah, T., Kamano, F, Kelly, R., Lovette, P, Marshall, E., Nana, A, Nasare, L.I., Nombre, I, Roberts, J.,Tankoano, P., Tayleur, C., Thomas, D., Vickery, J. & Kwapong, P. 2018. Insect pollination improves yield of Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa subsp. paradoxa) in the agroforestry parklands of West Africa. Pollination Ecology 22, 11–20.

Vickery, J.A. & Tayleur, C. 2018. Stemming the decline of farmland birds: the need for interventions and evaluations at a large scale: a commentary on Walker et al . Anim Cons 21(3), 195–196.

Whytock, R.C., Morgan, B.J., Awa, T., Bekokon, Z., Abwe, E.A, Buij, R., Virani, M.,Vickery, J.A. & Bunnefeld, N. 2018. Quantifying the scale and socioeconomic drivers of bird hunting in Central African forest communities Biological Conservation 218, 18–25.


Tayleur, C., Balmford, A., Buchanan, G.M., Butchart, S.H.M., Ducharme, H., Green, R.E., Milder, J.C., Sanderson, F.J., Thomas, D.H.L., Vickery, J.& Phalan, B. 2017. Global coverage of agricultural sustainability standards, and their role in conserving biodiversity. Conservation Letters, 10, 610–618.


Burgess, M., Hillers, A., Bannah, D., Mohamed, S., Swaray, M., Turay, B.S., Vickery, J. & Lindsell, J. 2016. The importance of protected and unprotected areas for colony occupancy and colony size in White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus in and around Gola Rainforest National Park, Sierra Leone. Bird Conservation International. DOI:10.1017/S0959270916000113 Early view online.

Churchyard, T., Eaton, M.A., Havery, S., Hall, J., Millett, J., Farr, A., Cuthbert, R., Stringer, C. & Vickery, J.A. 2016. The biodiversity of the United Kingdom's Overseas Territories: a stock take of species occurrence and assessment of key knowledge gaps. Biodiversity and Conservation 25,1677–1694.

Mallord, J.W., Orsman, C.J., Roberts, J.T., Skeen, R., Sheehan, D.K  & Vickery, J.A. 2016 Habitat use and tree selection of a declining Afro-Palaearctic migrant at sub-Saharan staging and wintering sites. Bird Study 63(4), 459–469. DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2016.1214813 DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2016.1214813


Adams, W.M., Small, R.D.S. & Vickery, J.A. 2014. The impact of land use change on migrant birds in the Sahel.  Biodiversity 15, 101–108. DOI 10.1808/14888386.2014.931822

Atkinson, P.W., Adams, W.M., Brouwer, J., Buchanan, G., Cheke, R.A., Cresswell, W., Hewson, C.N., Hulme, M.F., Manvell, A., Sheehan, D.K., Small, R.D.S., Sutherland, W.J. & Vickery, J.A. 2014. Defining the key wintering habitats for declining African Eurasian migrants using expert assessment. Bird Conservation International 24, 477–491. DOI 10.1017/S09592709113000531

Douglas, D.J.T., Nalwanga, D., Katebaka, R., Atkinson, P.W., Pomeroy, D.E., Nkuutu, D. & Vickery, J.A. 2014. The importance of native trees for forest bird conservation in tropical farmland. Animal Conservation 17, 256–264.

Oppel, S., Burns, F., Vickery, J., George, K., Ellick, G., Leo, D. & Hillman, J.  2014. Habitat-specific effectiveness of feral cat control for the conservation of an endemic ground-nesting bird species. Journal of Applied Ecology 51, 1246–1254.

Oppel, S., Hilton, G.M., Ratcliffe, N., Fenton, C., Daley, J., Gray, G., Vickery, J. A. & Gibbons, D. 2014. Assessing population viability while accounting for demographic and environmental uncertainty. Ecology 95, 1809–1818.

Renwick, A.R., Vickery, J.A., Potts, S.G., Bolwig, S., Nalwanga, D,. Pomeroy, D.E., Mushabe, D. & Atkinson, P.W. 2014. Achieving production and conservation simultaneously in tropical agricultural landscapes. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 192, 130–134.

Vickery, J.A., Ewing, S.R., Smith, K.W., Pain, D.J., Bairlein, F., Škorpilová, J, Gregory, R.D. 2014. The decline of Afro-Palearctic migrants and an assessment of potential causes. Ibis 156, 1—22.


Dicks L.V., Bardgett, R.D., Bell, J., Benton, T.G., Booth, A., Bouwman, J., Brown, C., Bruce, A., Burgess, P.J., Butler, S.J., Crute, I., Dixon, F., Drummond, C., Freckleton, R.P., Gill, M., Graham, A., Hails, R.S., Hallett, J., Hart, B., Hillier, J.G., Holland, J.M., Huxley, J.N., Ingram, J.S.I., King, V., Macmillan, T., McGonigle, D.F., McQuaid, C., Nevard, T., Norman, S., Norris, K., Pazderka, C., Poonaji, I., Quinn, C.H.,  Ramsden, S.J., Sinclair, D., Siriwardena, G.M., Vickery, J.A., Whitmore, A.P., Wolmer, W. & Sutherland, W.J. 2013. What do we need to know to enhance the environmental sustainability of agriculture? A prioritisation of knowledge needs for the UK food system. Sustainability 5(7), 3095–3115 (Special Issue: Sustainable Food Chains,

Hulme, M.F., Vickery, J.A., Green, R.E., Phalan, B., Chamberlain, D.E., et al. 2013. Conserving the birds of Uganda’s banana-coffee arc: Land sparing and land sharing compared. PLoS ONE 8(2): e54597. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0054597

Ndang’ang’a, P.K., Njoroge, J.B.M., Ngamau, K., Kariuki, W., Atkinson, P.W. & Vickery, J.A. Avian foraging behaviour in relation to provision of ecosystem services in a highland East African agroecosystem. Bird Study 60, 156–168.

Ndang’ang’a, P.K., Njoroge, J.B.M., Ngamau, K., Kariuki, W., Atkinson, P.W. & Vickery, J.A. Effects of crop diversity on bird species richness and abundance in a highland East African agricultural landscape. Ostrich 84, 33–39.

Ndang’ang’a, P.K., Njoroge, J.B.M. & Vickery, J.A. 2013. Quantifying the contribution of birds to the control of arthropod pests on kale, Brassica oleracea acephala a key crop in East African highland farmland. International Journal of Pest Management 59, 211–216.

Vickery, J.A. & Arlettaz, R. 2013.  The importance of habitat heterogeneity at multiple scales for birds in European agricultural landscapes. In: R.J. Fuller (Ed) Bird Habitats. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. pp. 177–204.


Nalwanga, D., Pomeroy, D., Vickery, J.A. & Atkinson, P.W. 2012. A comparison of two survey methods for assessing bird species richness and abundance in tropical farmlands. Bird Study 59, 83–95.


Davey, C.M., Vickery, J.A., Boatman, N.D., Chamberlain, D.E., Parry, H.R. & Siriwardena, G.M. Entry Level Stewardship may enhance bird numbers in boundary habitats. Bird Study 57, 415–420.

Gilroy, J.J., Anderson, G.Q.A., Vickery, J.A., Grice, P.V. & Sutherland, W.J.  2011. Identifying mismatches between habitat selection and habitat quality in a ground-nesting farmland bird. Animal conservation 14, 620–629.

Oppel, S.,  Beaven, B.M., Bolton, M., Vickery, J.A. & Bodey, T. 2011. Eradication of invasive mammals on islands inhabited by humans and domestic animals. Conservation Biology 25, 232–240.


Davey, C.M., Vickery, J.A., Boatman, N.D., Chamberlain, D.E., Parry, H.R. & Siriwardena, G.M. 2010. Assessing the impact of Entry Level Stewardship on lowland farmland birds in England. Ibis 152, 459–474.

Davey, C.M., Vickery, J.A., Boatman, N.D., Chamberlain, D.E., Parry, H.R. & Siriwardena, G.M. 2010. Assessing the impact of Environmental Stewardship on lowland farmland birds in England. Aspects of applied Biology 100, 51–58.

Davey, C.M., Vickery, J.A.,  Boatman, N.D., Chamberlain, D.E., Parry, H.R. & Siriwardena, G.M. 2010. Regional variation in the efficacy Entry Level Stewardship in England. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 139, 121–128.

Douglas, D.J.T. Benton, T.G. & Vickery, J.A. 2010. Contrasting patch selection of breeding Yellowhammers Emberiza citronella in set-aside and cereal crops. Bird Study 57, 69–74.

Douglas, D.J.T. Vickery, J.A. & Benton, T.G. 2010. Variation in arthropod abundance in barley under varying sowing regimes. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 135(1–2), 127–131.

Gillings, S., Henderson, I.G., Morris, A.J. & Vickery, J.A. 2010. Assessing the implications of the loss of set-aside for farmland birds. Ibis 152, 713–723.

Gilroy, J.J., Anderson, G.Q.A., Grice, P.V., Vickery, J.A., & Sutherland, W.J. 2010. Mid season shifts in habitat associations of Yellow Wagtails Motacilla flava breeding in arable farmland. Ibis 152, 90–104.


Chamberlain, D.E., Katebaka, R., Senfuma, I., Pomeroy, D., Nalwanga-Wabire, D., Byaruhanga, A., Atkinson, P.W. & Vickery, J.A. 2009. Towards Developing Sustainable, Biodiversity-Rich Agricultural Systems in Uganda. BTO Research Report No. 522.

Douglas, D.J.T., Vickery, J.A. & Benton, T.G. 2009. Improving the value of field margins as foraging habitat for farmland birds. 2009. .Journal Applied Ecology 46, 353–362.

Gilroy, J.J., Anderson, G.Q.A., Grice, P.V., Vickery, J.A., Watts, P.N. & Sutherland, W.J. 2009. Foraging habitat selection, diet and nestling condition in Yellow Wagtails Motacilla flava breeding on arable farmland. Bird Study 56, 221–232.

Jones, P., Vickery, J., Salewski, V & Mapaure, I. 2010. Habitat use and densities of co-existing migrant Willow Warblers Phylloscopus trochillus and resident eremomelas Eremomela spp in Zimbabwe. Bird Study 57, 44–55.

Siriwardena, G.M., Calbrade, N.A. & Vickery, J.A. 2008. Farmland birds and late winter food: does seed supply fail to meet demand? Ibis 150, 585–595.


Gillings, S., Wilson, A.M., Conway, G.J., Vickery, J.A. & Fuller, R.J. 2008. Distribution and abundance of birds and their habitats within the lowland farmland of Britain in winter. Bird Study 55, 8–22.

Gilroy, J.J., Anderson, G.Q.A., Grice, P.V., Vickery, J.A., Bray, I., Watts, P.N. & Sutherland, W.J.  2008.  Could soil degradation contribute to farmland bird declines? Links between soil penetrability and the abundance of yellow wagtails Motacilla flava in arable fields. Biological Conservation 141, 3116–3126. (Published online doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2008.09.019)

Siriwardena, G.M., Stevens, D.K., Anderson, G.Q.A., Vickery, J.A., Calbrade, N.A. & Dodd, S. 2008. The effect of supplementary winter seed food on breeding populations of farmland birds: evidence from two large-scale experiments. Journal Applied Ecology 43, 628–639.

Sutherland, W.J., Bailey, M.J., Bainbridge, I.P., Brereton, T., Dick, J.T.A., Drewitt, J., Dulvy, N.K., Dusic, N.R., Freckleton, R.P., Gaston, K.J., Gilder, P.M., Green, R.E., Heathwaite, A.L., Johnson, S.M.,  Macdonald, D.W., Mitchell, R., Osborn, D., Owen, R.P., Pretty, J., Prior, S.V., Prosser, H., Pullin, A.S., Rose, P., Andrew, S., Tew, T., Thomas, C.D., Thompson, D.B.A., Vickery, J.A., Walker, M. & Walmsley, C. 2008.  Future novel threats and opportunities facing UK biodiversity identified by horizon scanning. Journal of Applied Ecology 45, 821–833.


Butler, S.J., Vickery, J.A. & Norris, K. 2007. Farmland biodiversity and the footprint of agriculture. Science 315, 381–383.

Chamberlain, D.E., Freeman, S.N. & Vickery, J.A. 2007. The effects of GMHT crops on bird abundance in arable fields in the UK. AGEE 101, 1–8.

Chamberlain, D.E., Gough, S., Vaughan, H., Vickery, J.A. & Appleton, G.F. 2007. Determinants of bird species richness in public green spaces. Bird Study 54, 87–97.

Cresswell, W.R.L., Wilson, J.M., Vickery, J.A., Jones, P., Holt, S. 2007 Changes in densities of Sahelian bird species in response to recent habitat degradation. Ostrich 78, 247–545.

Whittingham, M.J., Krebs, J.K., Swetnam, R.D., Vickery, J.A., Wilson, J.W. & Freckleton R.P. 2007. Should conservation strategies consider spatial generality? Farmland Birds show regional not national patterns of habitat association. Ecology Letters 10, 25–35.

Wilson, A., Vickery, J.A. & Pendlebury, P. 2007. Agri-environment schemes as a tool for reversing declining populations of grassland waders in England: mixed benefits from Environmentally Sensitive Areas. Biological Conservation 136, 128–135.


Atkinson, P.A., Fuller, R.A., Gillings, S. & Vickery, J.A. 2006. Counting birds on farmland habitats in winter. Bird Study 53, 303–309.

Devereux, C.L., Vickery, J.A., Fernandez-Juricic, E., Krebs, J.R. & Whittingham, M.J. 2006. Does sward density affect prey availability for grassland birds? Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 117, 57–62.

Devereux, C.L., Whittingham, M.J., Fernández-Juricic, E., Vickery, J.A., Krebs, J.R. 2006. Predator detection and avoidance by starlings under differing scenarios of predation risk. Behavioral Ecology 17, 303–309.

Devereux, C.L., Whittingham, M.J. Krebs, J.R., Ferenandez-Jurcic, E. & Vickery, J.A. 2006. What attracts birds to newly mown pasture? Decoupling the action of mowing from the provision of short swards. Ibis 148, 302–306.

Siriwardena, G.M., Calbraide, N.A., Vickery, J.A. & Sutherland, W.J. 2006. The effect of the spatial distribution of winter seed food resources on their use by farmland birds. Journal Applied Ecology 43, 628–639.


Atkinson, P.A., Fuller, R.J., Vickery, J.A., Conway. G., Tallowin, J.R., Smith, R., Haysom, K., Ings, T., Asteraki, E. & Brown, V.K. 2005. Influence of agricultural management, sward structure and food resources on grassland field use by birds in lowland England. Journal Applied Ecology 42, 932–942.

Chamberlain, D.E., Vickery, J.A., Glue, D.E., Robinson, R.A., Conway, G.J., Woodburn, R.J.W. & Cannon, A.R. 2005. Annual and seasonal trends in the use of garden feeders by birds in winter. Ibis 147, 563–575.

Cope, D., Vickery, J. & Rowcliffe, M. 2005. Geese in Scotland: a conservation-agriculture conflict. In: Woodroffe, R., Thirgood, S. & Rabinowitz, A. (Eds.) People and wildlife: conflict and coexistence. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. pp. 176–191.

Gillings, S., Newson, S.E., Noble, D.G. & Vickery, J.A. 2005. Winter availability of cereal stubbles attracts declining farmland birds and positively influences breeding population trends. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B Biological Sciences 272(1564), 733–739.

Stuart, S.N., Archibald, G.W., Ball, J., Berry, R.J., Emmerich, S.D., Evans, D.M., Flenley, J.R., Gaston, K.J., Given, D.R., Gosler, A.G., Harris, P., Houghton, J., Lindquist, E.D., Mahan, D.C., Morecroft, M.D., Moyer, D.C., Murdiyarso, D., Musiti, B.W.W., Nicolson, C., Oteng-Yeboah, A., Plumptre, A.J., Prance, G., Ramachandra, V., Sale, J.B., Sheldon, J.K., Simiyu, S., Storey, R., Underhill, L.G., Vickery, J. and Whitten, T. 2005. Conservation theology for conservation biologists - a reply to David Orr. Conservation Biology 19, 1689–1692.

Tallowin, J.R.B, Smith, R.E.N., Goodyear, J. & Vickery, J.A. 2005. Spatial and structural uniformity of lowland grassland in England: a context for low biodiversity. Grass and Forage Science 60, 225-236.

Wilson, A.M. & Vickery, J.A. 2005. Decline in yellow wagtail Motacilla flava flavissima breeding on lowland wet grasslands in England and Wales between 1982 and 2002. Bird Study 52, 88–92.

Wilson, A.M., Vickery, J.A., Brown, A., Langstone, R.H.W., Smallshire, D., Wotton, S. & Vanhinsberg, D. 2005. Changes in the numbers of breeding waders on lowland wet grasslands in England and Wales between 1982 and 2002. Bird Study 52, 55–69.


Chamberlain, D.E., Gough, S.J., Vickery, J.A. Firbank, L.G., Petit, S.E., Pywell, R. & Bradbury, R.B. 2004. Rule based predictive models are not cost-effective alternatives to bird monitoring on farmland. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 101, 1–8.

Evans, A.D., Vickery, J.A. & Shrubb, M. 2004. The importance of over-wintered stubble for farmland bird recovery: a reply to Potts. Bird Study 51, 94–96.

Henderson, I.G., Vickery, J.A. & Carter, N. 2004. The use of winter crops by farmland birds in lowland England. Biological Conservation 118, 21–32.

Vickery, J.A., Bradbury, R.B., Henderson, I.G., Eaton, M.A. & Grice, P.V. 2004. The role of agri-environment schemes and farm management practices in reversing the decline of farmland birds in England. Biological Conservation 119, 19–39.


Benton, T.G., Vickery, J.A. & Wilson, J.D. 2003. Farmland biodiversity - is habitat heterogeneity the key? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 18, 182–188.

Petit, S., Chamberlain, D., Haysom, K., Pywell, R., Vickery, J., Warman, L., Allen, D. & Firbank, L.  2003. Knowledge-based models for predicting species occurrence in arable conditions. Ecography 26, 626–640.


Atkinson, P.W., Fuller, R.J. & Vickery, J.A. 2002. Large scale patterns of summer and winter bird distribution in relation to farmland type in England and Wales. Ecography 25, 466–480.

Henderson, I.G., Wilson, A.M., Steele, D. & Vickery, J.A. 2002. Population estimates, trends and habitat associations of breeding lapwing, Vanellus vanellus, curlew Nemenius arquata and snipe Gallinago gallinago in Northern Ireland in 1999. Bird Study 49, 17–25.

Salewski, V., Jones, P. & Vickery, J. 2002. Niche partitioning between immigrant Palearctic willow warblers Phylloscopus trochilus and resident Afrotropical warblers in three woodland habitats in Zimbabwe. Avian Science 4, 207–216.

Vickery, J., Carter, N. & Fuller, R.J. 2002. The potential value of managed cereal field margins as foraging habitats for farmland birds in the UK. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 89, 41–52.


Chamberlain, D.E., Vickery, J.A., Marshall, E.J.P. & Tucker, G.M. 2001. The effect of hedgerow characteristics on the winter hedgerow bird community. In: Hedgerows of the World. 10th Annual Conference of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, Birmingham, UK. pp. 197–205.

Rowcliffe, J.M., Watkinson, A.R., Sutherland, W.J. & Vickery, J.A. 2001. The depletion of algal beds by geese: a predictive model and test. Oecologia 127, 361–371.

Vickery, J., Salewski, V. & Jones, P. 2001. Factors affecting the distribution of Palearctic migrant birds in their wintering grounds. Ostrich Suppl. 15, Proceedings of the Tenth Pan-African Ornithological Congress (Ed by L. Lens) 131.

Vickery, J.A, Tallowin, J.R., Feber, R.E., Asteraki, E.J., Atkinson, P.W., Fuller, R.J. & Brown, V.K. 2001. The management of lowland neutral grasslands in Britain: effects of agricultural practices on birds and their food resources. Journal of Applied Ecology 38, 647–664.

Wilson, A.M., Vickery, J.A. & Brown, S.J. 2001. The numbers and distribution of Lapwings Vanellus vanellus breeding in England and Wales in 1998. Bird Study 48, 2–17.


Browne, S.J., Vickery, J.A. & Chamberlain, D.E. 2000. Densities and population estimates of breeding Skylarks Alauda arvenis in Britain in 1997.  Bird Study 47, 52–65.

Chamberlain, D.E., Vickery, J.A. & Gough, S. 2000. Spatial and temporal distribution of breeding Skylarks Alauda arvensis in relation to crop type in periods of population increase and decrease. Ardea 88(1), 61–73.

Donald, P.F. & Vickery, J.A. 2000. The importance of cereal fields to breeding and wintering skylarks Alauda arvensis in UK.  In: Aebischer, N.J., Evans, A.D., Grice, P.V. & Vickery, J.A. (Eds) The Ecology and Conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds. British Ornithologists’ Union, Tring, UK. pp. 140–150.

Henderson, I.G., Cooper, J., Fuller, R.J. & Vickery, J.A. 2000. The relative abundance of birds on set-aside and neighbouring fields in summer. Journal of Applied Ecology 37, 335–347.

Henderson, I.G., Vickery, J.A. & Fuller, R.J. 2000. Summer bird abundances and distribution on set-aside fields on intensive English arable farms. Ecography 23, 50–59.


Chamberlain, D.E., Wilson, A.M., Browne, S.J. & Vickery, J.A. 1999. Effects of habitat type and management on the abundance of skylarks in the breeding season. Journal of Applied Ecology 36, 856–870.

Vickery, J.A., Chamberlain, D.E. & Browne, S.J. 1999. The contribution of extensive volunteer surveys to the conservation of Skylarks Alauda arvensis in Britain. Vogelwelt 120 Suppl., 339–348.

Vickery, J.A. & Gill, J.A. 1999. Managing grassland for wild geese in Britain: a review. Biological Conservation 89, 93–106.

Vickery, J., Rowcliffe, M., Cresswell, W., Jones, P. & Holt, S. 1999. Habitat selection by whitethroats Sylvia communis during spring passage in the Sahel zone of Northern Nigeria. Bird Study 46, 348–355.


Vickery, J.A., Sutherland, W.J., Watkinson, A.R. & O’Brien, M.O. 1997. The management of coastal marshes for breeding waders and wintering geese – is there a conflict?  Biological Conservation 79, 23–34.


Brooke, M. de L., Jones, P., Trevelyan, R. & Vickery, J. 1996. Seasonal patterns of leaf growth and loss, flowering and fruiting on a sub-tropical Central Pacific island. Biotropica 28, 164–179.

Jones, P., Vickery, J., Holt, S. & Cresswell, W. 1996. A preliminary assessment of some factors influencing the density and distribution of palearctic passerine migrants wintering in the Sahel. Bird Study 43, 73–84.

Logie, J., Bryant, D., Howell, D. & Vickery, J. 1996. Biological significance of UK critical load exceedance estimates for flowing waters: assessments of dipper Cinclus cinclus populations in Scotland.  Journal of Applied Ecology 33, 1065–1076.

Rowcliffe, M.R., Sutherland, W.J., Vickery, J.A. & Watkinson, A.R. 1996. Cyclic winter grazing patterns of Brent Geese and the regrowth of salt-marsh grass. Functional Ecology 9, 931–941.

Summers, R.W., Prys-Jones, R., Underhill, L. & Vickery, J.A. 1996. Phenology of migration and use of wintering sites by the increasing population of dark-bellied brent geese Branta bernicla berniclaJournal of Zoology 239, 197–208.

Vickery, J.A. & Sutherland, W.J. 1996. Changing perceptions of the brent goose. British Wildlife 7, 341–347.


Jones, P., Schubel, S., Jolly, J., Brooke, M. de L. & Vickery, J. 1995. Behaviour, natural history and annual cycle of the Henderson Rail Porzana atra (Aves: Rallidae).  Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 56, 167–183.

Vickery, J.A., Sutherland, W.J., Watkinson, A.R., Lane, S.J. & Rowcliffe, M.R. 1995. Habitat shifts in dark-bellied brent geese Branta b. bernicla in relation to food depletion. Oecologia 103, 499–508.


Vickery, J.A. & Brooke, M. 1994. Kleptoparasitic interactions between great frigatebirds Fregata minor and masked boobies Sula dactylatra on Henderson Island, South Pacific. Condor 96, 331–340.

Vickery, J.A., Sutherland, W.J. & Lane, S.J. 1994. The management of grass pasture for brent geese.  Journal of Applied Ecology 31, 282–290.

Vickery, J.A., Watkinson, A.R. & Sutherland, W.J. 1994. The solutions to the brent goose problem: an economic analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology 31, 371–382.


Vickery, J.A. 1992. The reproductive success of the Dipper Cinclus cinclus in relation to the acidity of streams in south west Scotland. Freshwater Biology 28, 195–205.

Vickery, J.A. & Summers, R.W. 1992. Scaring of Brent Geese, Branta b bernicla, from arable crops by a human bird scarer. Crop Protection 11, 480–484.


Vickery, J.A. 1991. The effect of stream acidity on the distribution of Dippers Cinclus cinclus, Grey Wagtails Motacilla cinerea and Common Sandpipers Actitis hypoleucos in south west Scotland. Ibis 133, 178–185.


Ormerod, S.J., Bull, K.R., Cumins, C.P., Tyler, S.J. & Vickery, J.A. 1989. Egg mass and shell thickness in Dippers Cinclus cinclue in relation to stream acidity in Wales and Scotland.  Environmental Pollution 5, 107–121.

Honorary Research Fellow
Head of International Research, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science