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Department of Zoology



After eleven years as an undergraduate, PhD student and then postdoctoral researcher in Oxford, I left to join the RSPB’s science team. I have been there since, becoming Head of Environmental Research in 2007 and  Head of People Conservation Science in 2019. In 2015 I became an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology at Cambridge. 


I lead a small team of researchers within the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science. I come from an ornithological and ecological research background, but the focus of the team is to grow the RSPB's currently limited amount of research work on the human aspects of conservation. A core objective is understanding how to promote pro-environmental behavioural change, facilitated by furthering understanding of nature's contributions to people, people's perceptions of, attitudes to, and connection to nature, and behavioural insights.

I collaborate with a wide inter-disciplinary network of researchers, conservation practitioners and policy advisors, to use a range of scientific methods and approaches to tackle conservation issues. I am experienced in building and leading teams, mentoring staff and training PhD and Masters students. As a non-University employee, I can’t take on student supervision directly myself, but can discuss co-supervision of project ideas that fit with RSPB priorities.


Key publications: 
  • Bradfer-Lawrence, T., Finch, T., Bradbury, R.B., Buchanan, G.M., Midgley, A. & Field, R.H. 2021. The potential contribution of terrestrial Nature-based Solutions to a 2 national ‘net zero’ climate target. J. Appl. Ecol.
  • Balmford, A., Bradbury, R.B., Bauer, J.M., Broad, S., Burgess, G., Burgman, M., Byerly, H., Clayton, S., Espelosin, D., Ferraro, P.J., Fisher, B., Garnett, E.E., Jones, J.P.G., Marteau, T.M., Otieno, M., Polasky, S., Ricketts, T.H., Sandbrook, C., Sullivan-Wiley, K., Trevelyan, R., van der Linden, S., Verissimo, D. & Nielesen, K.S. 2021. Making more effective use of behavioural science in conservation interventions. Biological Conservation 261: 109256.
  • Bradbury, R.B., Butchart, S.H.M., Fisher, B., Hughes, F.M.R., King, L.I., MacDonald, M.A., Merriman, J.C., Peh, K.S.H., Pellier, A-S., Thomas, D.H.L., Trevelyan, R. & Balmford, A. (2021). The economic consequences of conserving or restoring sites for nature. Nat. Sustain:
  • Field, R.H., Buchanan, G.M., Hughes, A., Smith, P. & Bradbury, R.B. 2020. The value of habitats of conservation importance to climate change mitigation in the UK. Biol. Cons. 248: p.108619
  • 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., Franco, A., Hill, J.K., 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., Wilson, R.J. & Thomas, C.D. 2015. The effectiveness of protected areas to conserve species undertaking geographic range shifts. Biol. Linn. Soc. 115: 707-717.
  • Firbank, L., Bradbury, R.B., McCracken, D.I. & Stoate, C. 2013. Delivering multiple ecosystem services from enclosed farmland in the UK. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 166: 65-75.
  • Hiley, J.R., Bradbury, R.B., Holling, M. & Thomas, C.D. 2013. Protected Areas act as establishment centres for species colonising the United Kingdom. Proc. Roy. Soc. London B. 280: 20122310.
  • Peh, K.S.H, Balmford, A., Bradbury, R.B., Butchart, S.H.M., Brown, C., 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., Willcock, S., Birch, J. 2013. TESSA: a toolkit for rapid assessment of ecosystem services at sites of biodiversity conservation importance. Ecosystem Services 5: e51-57.
  • Pywell, R.F., Heard, M.S., Bradbury, R.B., Hinsley, S., Nowakowski, M., Walker, K.J. & Bullock, J.M. 2012. Wildlife-friendly farming benefits rare birds, bees and plants. Biol. Letts 8: 772-775.
  • Bradbury, R.B., Stoate, C. & Tallowin, J.R.B. 2010. Lowland farmland bird conservation in the context of wider ecosystem service delivery. J. Appl. Ecol. 47: 986-993.
  • Hole, D.G., Whittingham, M.J., Bradbury, R.B., Anderson, G.Q.A., Lee, P.L.M., Wilson, J.D. & Krebs, J.R. 2002. Widespread local house-sparrow extinctions. Nature 418: 931.
  • Krebs, J.R., Wilson, J.D., Bradbury, R.B. & Siriwardena, G.M. 1999. The second silent spring? Nature 400: 611-612.
Other publications: 


  • Buchanan, G.M, Field, R.H., Bradbury, R.B., Luraschi, B. & Vickery, J.A. 2021. The impact of tree loss on carbon storage and sequestration in west Africa. Carbon Management:
  • Bradfer-Lawrence, T., Finch, T., Bradbury, R.B., Buchanan, G.M., Midgley, A. & Field, R.H. 2021. The potential contribution of terrestrial Nature-based Solutions to a 2 national ‘net zero’ climate target. J. Appl. Ecol.
  • Balmford, A., Bradbury, R.B., Bauer, J.M., Broad, S., Burgess, G., Burgman, M., Byerly, H., Clayton, S., Espelosin, D., Ferraro, P.J., Fisher, B., Garnett, E.E., Jones, J.P.G., Marteau, T.M., Otieno, M., Polasky, S., Ricketts, T.H., Sandbrook, C., Sullivan-Wiley, K., Trevelyan, R., van der Linden, S., Verissimo, D. & Nielesen, K.S. 2021. Making more effective use of behavioural science in conservation interventions. Biological Conservation 261: 109256.
  • Gibbons, D.W., Sandbrook, C., Sutherland, W., Akter, R., Bradbury, R., Broad, S., Clements, A., Crick, H., Elliott, J., Gyeltshen, N., Heath, M., Hughes, J., Jenkins, R., Jones, A., Lopez de la Lama, R., MacFarlane, N., Maunder, M., Prasad, R., Romero-Muñoz, A., Steiner, N., Tremlett, J., Trevelyan, R., Vijaykumar, S., Wedage, I. & Ockendon, N. 2021. The relative importance of COVID-19 pandemic impacts on biodiversity conservation globally. Conserv. Biol. 36, 1: e13781
  • Nielsen, K.S., Marteau, T.M., Bauer, J.M., Bradbury, R.B., Broad, S., Burgess, G., Burgman, M., Byerly, H., Clayton, S., Espelosin, D., Ferraro, P.J., Fisher, B., Garnett, E.E., Jones, J.P.G., Otieno, M., Polasky, S., Ricketts, T.H., Sandbrook, C., Trevelyan, R.,van der Linden, S., Verissimo, D. & Balmford, A. 2021. Biodiversity conservation as a promising frontier for behavioural science. Nature Human Behaviour. May 13 2021,
  • Bradbury, R.B., Butchart, S.H.M., Fisher, B., Hughes, F.M.R., King, L.I., MacDonald, M.A., Merriman, J.C., Peh, K.S.H., Pellier, A-S., Thomas, D.H.L., Trevelyan, R. & Balmford, A. (2021). The economic consequences of conserving or restoring sites for nature. Nat. Sustain:


  • Field, R.H., Buchanan, G.M., Hughes, A., Smith, P. & Bradbury, R.B. 2020. The value of habitats of conservation importance to climate change mitigation in the UK. Biol. Cons. 248: p.108619
  • Ewing, S.R., Menendez, R., Schofield, L. & Bradbury, R.B. 2020. Vegetation composition and structure are important predictors of oviposition site selection in an alpine butterfly, the Mountain Ringlet Erebia epiphron. J Insect Conservation.
  • Boeri, M., Stojanovic, T., Wright, L.J., Burton, N., Hockley, N. & Bradbury, R.B. 2020. Public preferences for multiple dimensions of bird biodiversity at the coast: insights for the cultural ecosystem services framework. Estuarine, Coast & Shelf Science 235: 106571.


  • Hughes, J., de Ruyck, C., Emmens, T. Bradbury, R.B. & Jefferson, R. 2019. In a mental-health care setting, can nature conservation and health priorities align? J. Interprofessional Care.


  • McGinlay, J. Parsons, D.J., Morris, J., Graves, A., Hubatova, M., Bradbury, R.B. & Bullock, J.M. 2018. Leisure activities and social factors influence the generation of cultural ecosystem service benefits. Ecosystem Services 31: 468–480.
  • Ridding, L.E., Redhead, J.W., Oliver, T.H., Schmucki, R., McGinlay, J., Graves, A.R., Morris, J., Bradbury, R.B., King, H. & Bullock, J.M. 2018. The importance of landscape characteristics for the delivery of cultural ecosystem services. Journal of Environmental Management 206: 1145–1154.


  • Colhoun, K., Mawhinney, K., McLaughlin, M., Barnett, C., McDevitt, A-M., Bradbury, R.B. & Peach, W. 2017. Agri-environment scheme enhances breeding populations of some priority farmland birds in Northern Ireland. Bird Study 64: 545-556.
  • Hayhow, D.B., Eaton, M.A., Frost, T., Grice, P.V., Hall, C., Harris, S.J., Noble, D.G., Williams, J., Ausden, M.A., Bradbury, R.B., Crick, H.Q.P., Ewing, S.R., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Morecroft, M.D., & Watts, O. 2017. The state of the UK's birds 2017. The RSPB, BTO, WWT, DAERA, JNCC, NE, NRW and SNH. Sandy, Bedfordshire.  
  • King, H.P., Morris, J., Graves, A., Bradbury, R.B., McGinlay, J. & Bullock, J.M. 2017. Biodiversity and cultural ecosystem benefits in lowland landscapes in southern England. J. Env Psych. 53: 185–197.
  • McGinlay, J., Parsons, D.J., Morris, J., Hubatova, M., Graves, A., Bradbury, R.B. & Bullock, J.M. 2017. Do charismatic species groups generate more cultural ecosystem service benefits? Ecosystem Services 27: 15–24. 
  • Mills, S.C., Oliver, T.H., Bradbury, R.B., Gregory, R.D., Brereton, T., Kühn, E., Kuussaari, M., Musche, M., Roy, D.B., Schmuki, R., Stefanescu, C., van Swaay, C. & Evans, K.L. 2017. European butterfly populations vary in sensitivity to weather across their geographic ranges. Global Ecol. Biogeog26: 1374–1385.  
  • Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Beale, C.M., Oliver, T.H., August, T.A., Carroll, M., Massimino, D., Ockendon, N., Savage, J., Wheatley, C.J., Ausden, M.A., Bradbury, R.B., Duffield, S.J., Macgregor, N.A., McClean, C., Morecroft, M.D., Thomas, C.D., Watts, O., Beckmann, B.C., Fox, R., Sutton, P.G. & Crick, H.Q.P. 2017. A national-scale assessment of climate change impacts on species: Assessing the balance of risks and opportunities for multiple taxa. Biological Conservation 213: 124–134.
  • Wheatley, C.J., Beale, C.M., Bradbury, R.B., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Critchlow, R. & Thomas, C.D. 2017. Climate change vulnerability for species – assessing the assessments. Global Change Biology 23(9): 3704–3715. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13759


  • Blaen, P.J., MacDonald, M.A. & Bradbury, R.B. 2016. Ecosystem services provided by a former gravel extraction site in the UK under two contrasting restoration states. Conservation and Society 14: 48–56.
  • Gove, B., Williams, L.J., Beresford, A.E., Roddis, P., Campbell, C., Teuten, E., Langston, R.H.W. & Bradbury, R.B. 2016. Reconciling biodiversity conservation and widespread deployment of renewable energy technologies in the UK. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0150956. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150956
  • Hiley, J.R., Bradbury, R.B. & Thomas, C.D. 2016. Impacts of habitat change and protected areas on alpha and beta diversity of Mexican birds. Diversity and Distributions 22(12): 1245–1254  DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12483 
  • Peh, K.S.-H., Thapa, I., Basnyat, M., Balmford, A., Bhattarai, G.P., Bradbury, R.B., Brown, C., Butchart, S.H.M., Dhakal, M., Gurung, H., Hughes, F.M.R., Mulligan, M., Pandeya, B., Stattersfield, A.J., Thomas, D.H.L, Walpole, M. & Merriman, J.C. 2016. Synergies between biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service provision: Lessons from a Himalayan protected area in Nepal. Ecosystem Services 22(Part B): 359–369.


  • Carroll, M.J., Williams, M.A. & Bradbury, R.B. 2015. The nature of climate change: Europe's wildlife at risk. RSPB research report 55. ISBN : 978-1-905601-49-3.
  • Wilson, J.D. & Bradbury, R.B. 2015. Agri-environment schemes and the future of farmland bird conservation. In: Macdonald, D.W., Feber, R.E., editors. Wildlife Conservation on Farmland.
  • Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Ockendon, N., Baker, D.J., Carr, J., White, E.C., Almond, R.E.A., Amano, T., Bertram, E., Bradbury, R.B., Bradley, C., Butchart, S.H.M., Doswald, N., Foden, W., Gill, D.J.C., Green, R.E., Sutherland, W.J. & Tanner, E.V.J. (2015). Geographical variation in species’ population responses to changes in temperature and precipitation. Proc. R. Soc. B 282: 20151561.
  • Weinstein, N., Balmford, A., DeHaan, C.R.,  Bradbury, R.B. & Gradwell, V. 2015. Seeing community for the trees: links between exposure to natural environments, community cohesion and crime. BioScience 65: 1141-1153.
  •  Weinstein, N., Rogerson, M., Balmford, A. & Bradbury, R.B. 2015.  Preserving nature out of fear or knowledge? Using threatening versus connecting messages to generate support for environmental causes. Journal for Nature Conservation 26: 49-55.
  • Ausden, M., Bradbury, R.B., Ockendon, N., Watts, O. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2015. Adapting bird conservation management to climate change In; Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Ausden, M.A., Beale, C.M., Oliver, T.H. & Crick, H.Q.P. (eds). Research on the assessment of risks & opportunities for species in England as a result of climate change.  Natural England Commissioned Report NECR175
  • Blaen, P.J., Li jia, Peh, K.S-H., Field, R.H., Balmford, A., MacDonald, M.A. & Bradbury, R.B. 2015. Ecosystem services provided by two mineral extraction sites restored for nature conservation in an agricultural landscape in eastern England. PLoS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0121010.
  • Childs, C., MacDonald, M.A. & Bradbury, R.B. 2015. Ecosystem services provided by potential protected areas in the Cayman Islands: a rapid assessment. National trust for the Cayman Islands.
  • Johnson, J., Carter, D., MacDonald, M. & Bradbury, R.B. & Mukhida, F. 2015. Ecosystem services provided by potential protected areas in Anguilla: a rapid assessment. Anguilla: Anguilla National Trust.
  • Ausden, M., Bradbury, R., Brown, A., Eaton, M., Lock, L. & Pearce-Higgins, J. 2015. Climate change and Britain’s birdlife: what might we expect. British Wildlife Feb 2015; 161-174.
  • Peh, K.S-H., Balmford, A., Birch, J.C., Brown, C., Butchart, S.H.M., Daly, J., Dawson, J., Grey, G., Hughes, F.M.R., Mendes, S., Millett, J., Stattersfield, A.J., Thomas, D.H.L., Walpole, M. & Bradbury, R.B. 2015. Potential impact of invasive non-native species on ecosystem services provided by a forested ecosystem: a case study from Montserrat. Biological Invasions 17: 461-475.


  • Birch, J.C., Thapa, I., Balmford, A., Bradbury, R.B., Brown, C., Butchart, S.H.M., Gurung, H., Hughes, F.M.R., Mulligan, M., Pandeya, B., Peh, K.S-H., Stattersfield, A.J., Walpole, M. & Thomas, D.H.L. 2014. What benefits do community forests provide, and to whom? A rapid assessment of ecosystem services from a Himalayan forest in Nepal. Ecosystem Services 8: 118-127.
  • Hiley, J.R., Bradbury, R.B. & Thomas, C.D. 2014. Introduced and natural colonists show opposite patterns of Protected Area association in the UK. Diversity & Distributions 20: 943-951.
  • Ockendon, N., Baker, D.J, Carr, J.A, White, E.C, Almond, R.E.A., Amano, T., Bertram, E., Bradbury, R.B., Bradley, C., Butchart, S.H.M., Doswald, N., Foden, W., Gill, D.J.C., Green, R.E., Sutherland, W.J., Tanner, E.V.J. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2014. Mechanisms underpinning climate impacts on natural populations: altered species interactions are more important than direct effects. Global Change Biology 20: 2221-2229.
  • Peh, K. S-H., Balmford, A., Field, R.H., Lamb, A., Birch, J.C., Bradbury, R.B., Brown, C., Butchart, S.H.M., Lester, M., Morrison,, R., Sedgwick, I., Soans, C., Stattersfield, A.J., Stroh, P.A., Swetnam, R., Thomas, D.H.L., Walpole, M., Warrington, S. & Hughes, F.M.R. 2014. Benefits and costs of ecological restoration: Rapid assessment of changing ecosystem service values at a UK wetland. Ecology & Evolution 20: 3875-3886.
  • Sutherland, W.J., Gardner, T., Bogich, T.L., Bradbury, R.B., Clothier, B., Jonsson, M., Kapos, V., Lane, S.N., Moller, I., Schroeder, M., Spalding, M., Spencer, T., White, P.C.L. & Dicks, L.V. 2014. Solution scanning as a key policy tool: identifying management interventions to help maintain and enhance regulating ecosystem services.  Ecology & Society 19(2): 3:


  • Bright, J.A., Anderson, G.Q.A., McArthur, T., Sage, R., Stockdale, J., Grice, P.V. & Bradbury, R.B. 2013. Bird use of establishment-stage Miscanthus biomass crops during the breeding season in England. Bird Study 60: 357-369.
  • Johnston, A., Ausden, M., Dodd, A.M, Bradbury, R.B., Chamberlain, D.E., Jiguet, F., Thomas, C.D., Cook, A.S.C.P., Newson, S.E., Ockendon, N., Rehfisch, M.M., Roos, S., Thaxter, C.B., Brown, A., Crick, H.Q.P., Douse, A., McCall, R.A., Pontier, H., Stoud, D.A., Cadiou, B., Crowe, O., Deceuninck, B., Hornman, M. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2013. Observed and predicted effects of climate change on species abundance in protected areas. Nature Climate Change 3: 1055-1061.


  • Thomas, C. D., Gillingham, P.K., Bradbury, R.B., Anderson, B.J., Baxter, J.M., Bourn, N.A.D., Crick, H.Q.P., Findon, R., Fox, R., Hodgson, J.A., Holt, A.R., Morecroft, M.D., O’Hanlon, N.J., Oliver, T.H., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Procter, D., Roy, D.B., Thomas, J.A., Walker, K.J., Walmsley, C.A., Wilson, R.J. & Hill, J.K. 2012. Protected areas facilitate species’ range expansions. PNAS 109: 14063-14068.
  • Stoate, C., Bradbury, R.B. & Morris, A.J. 2012. Reconciling food production and bird conservation: two case studies to inform future policy. In: McCracken, K. (ed.) Valuing Ecosystems: Policy, Economic and Management Interactions: 270-276. Scottish Agricultural College & Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Edinburgh.
  • Dodd, A., Williams, G., Bradbury, R., Hardiman, A., Lonergan, A. & Watts, O. 2012. Protected Areas and Wildlife in Changing Landscapes: the law and policy context for NGO responses to climate change in the UK. Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy 15: 1-24.


  • 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., Worsfold, N.T. & Yardley, T. 2011. A framework for assessing threats and benefits to species responding to climate change. Methods in Ecology & Evolution 2: 125-142.
  • Field, R. H., Tanneberger, F. & Bradbury, R. B. 2011. Targets and indicator species (Book Chapter). In: Tanneberger, F. & Wichtmann, W. (Eds) Carbon credits from peatland rewetting: Climate, biodiversity, land use. Schweizerbart Science Publishers, Stuttgart.
  • Firbank, L., Bradbury, R., McCraken, D., Stoate, C. 2011. Enclosed Farmland, in Albon, S., Watson, R, (Eds.), United Kingdom National Ecosystem Assessment. UNEP - WCMC, Cambridge.
  • Watson, R., Albon, S., Aspinall, R., Austen, M., Bardgett, R., Bateman, I., Berry, P., Bird, W., Bradbury, R., Brown, C., Bullock, J., Burgess, J., Church, A., Christie, C., Crute, I., Davies, L., Edwards-Jones, G., Emmett, B., Firbank, L., Fitter, A., Gibson, A., Hails, R., Haines-Young, R., Heathwaite, L., Hopkins, J., Jenkins, M., Jones, L., Mace, G., Malcolm, S., Maltby, E., Maskell, L., Norris, K., Ormerod, S., Osborne, J., Pretty, J., Quine, C., Russell, S., Simpson, L., Smith, P., Tierney, M., Van der Wal, R., Vira, B., Walpole, M., Watkinson, A., Weighell, A., Winn, J. & Winter, M. 2011. UK National Ecosystem Assessment: understanding nature’s value to society. Synthesis of key findings. Information Press.
  • Fisher, B., Bradbury, R.B., Andrews, J.E, Ausden, M., Bentham-Green, S., White, S. & Gill, J.A. 2011. Impacts of species-led conservation on ecosystem services of wetlands: understanding co-benefits and tradeoffs. Biodiversity & Conservation 20: 2461-2481.
  • Bradbury, R.B., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Wotton, S.R., Conway, G.J. & Grice, P.V. 2011. The role of macro- and micro-climate effects in driving the range expansion of an increasing species. Ibis 153: 336-344.
  • Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Bradbury, R.B., Chamberlain, D.E., Drewitt, A., Langston, R.H.W. & Willis, S.G. 2011. Targeting research to underpin climate change adaptation for birds. Ibis 153: 207-211.


  • Gove, B., Flower, K.A. and Bradbury, R.B. (2010) A review of environmental consequences of biomass production for UK energy consumption. RSPB Research Report no. 38, Sandy, Bedfordshire. pp.85.


  • Fisher, B., Bolt, K., Bradbury, R.B., Gardner, T.A., Green, J.M.H., Hole, D.G. & Naidoo, R. 2009. Conservation and the real world. Conservation Biology 23: 1069-1071.


  • Bradbury, R.B., Bailey, C.M., Wright, D. & Evans, A.D. 2008. Wintering Cirl Buntings Emberiza cirlus in southwest England select cereal stubbles that follow a low-input herbicide regime. Bird Study 55: 23-31. 
  • Quinn, J.L., Reynolds, S.J. & Bradbury, R.B. 2008. Editorial: Birds as predators and as prey. Ibis 150 S1: 1-8.
  • Aquilina, R., Williams, P., Nicolet, P., Stoate, C. & Bradbury, R. 2007.  Effect of wetting up ditches on emerging insect numbers. Aspects of Applied Biology 81: 261-262.


  • Evans, K.L., Wilson, J.D. & Bradbury, R.B. 2007. The effects of crop type and aerial invertebrate abundance on foraging barn swallows Hirundo rustica. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 122: 267-273.
  • Field, R.H., Benke, S., Badonyi, K. & Bradbury, R.B. 2007. Influence of conservation tillage on bird use of winter arable fields in Hungary. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 120: 399-404.
  • Field, R.H., Kirby, W.B. & Bradbury, R.B. 2007. Conservation Tillage encourages early breeding by Skylarks Alauda arvensis. Bird Study 54: 137-141.
  • Gibbons, D.W., Amar, A., Anderson, G.Q.A., Bolton, M., Bradbury, R.B., Eaton, M.A., Evans, A.D., Grant, M.C., Gregory, R.D., Hilton, G.M., Hirons, G.J.M., Hughes, J., Johnstone, I., Newbery, P., Peach, W.J., Ratcliffe, N., Smith, K.W., Summers, R.W., Walton, P., Wilson, J.D. 2007. The predation of wild birds in the UK: a review of its conservation impact and management. RSPB Research Report 23. RSPB, Sandy. ISBN: 978-1-905601-02-8. 


  • Jones, C.A., Basch, G., Baylis, A.D., Bazzoni, D., Biggs, J., Bradbury, R.B., Chaney, K., Deeks, L.K., Field, R., Gomez, J.A., Jones, R.J.A., Jordan, V.W.L., Lane, M.C.G., Leake, A., Livermore, M., Owens, P.N., Ritz, K., Sturny, W.G. & Thomas, F. 2006. Conservation Agriculture in Europe: An approach to sustainable crop production by protecting soil and water? SOWAP, Jealott’s Hill, Bracknell, RG42 6EY, UK. ISBN 978-0-9556565-0-7.
  • Moorcroft, D., Wilson, J.D. & Bradbury, R.B. 2006. The diet of nestling Linnets Carduelis cannabina on lowland farmland before and after agricultural intensification. Bird Study 53: 156-162.
  • Bradbury, R.B. & Kirby, W.J. 2006. Farmland birds and resource protection in the UK: cross-cutting solutions for multi-functional farming? Biological Conservation 129: 530-542.
  • Potts, S.G. Bradbury, R.B., Mortimer, S.R. & Woodcock, B.A. 2006. Commentary on Kleijn et al.: Mixed benefits of agri-environment schemes in five European Countries. Ecology Letters 9: 254-256.
  • Stevens, D.K. & Bradbury, R.B. 2006. Effects of the Arable Stewardship Pilot Scheme on breeding birds at field and farm scales. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 112: 283-290.
  • Whittingham, M.J., Devereux, C.L., Evans, A.D. & Bradbury, R.B. 2006. Altering predation risk and food availability: management prescriptions to benefit farmland birds on stubble fields. Journal of Applied Ecology 43: 640-650.
  • Whittingham, M.J., Stephens, P., Bradbury, R.B. & Freckleton, R.P. 2006. Why do we still use stepwise modelling in ecology and behaviour? Journal of Animal Ecology 75: 1182-1189.


  • Bradbury, R.B., Hill, R.A., Mason, D.C., Balzter, H., Wilson, J.D., Hinsley, S.A., Anderson, G.Q.A., Whittingham, M.J., Davenport, I.J., & Bellamy, P.E.. 2005. Modelling relationships between birds and vegetation structure using airborne LiDAR data: case studies from agricultural and woodland environments. Ibis 147: 443-452.
  • Cunningham, H.M., Bradbury, R.B., Chaney, K. & Wilcox, A. 2005. Effect of non-inversion tillage on field usage by UK farmland birds in winter.  Bird Study 52: 173-179.
  • Butler, S.J., Bradbury, R.B. & Whittingham, M.J. 2005. Stubble height manipulation causes differential use of stubble fields by farmland birds. Journal of Applied Ecology 42: 469-476.
  • Kirby, W., Black, K., Pratt, S. & Bradbury, R. 2005. Territory and nest site habitat associations of Spotted Flycatchers Muscicapa striata breeding in central England. Ibis. 147: 420-424.
  • Morris, A.J., Wilson, J.D., Whittingham, M.J. & Bradbury, R.B. 2005. Indirect effects of pesticides on breeding yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella). Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 106: 1-16.
  • Nelson, S.H., Evans, A.D. & Bradbury, R.B. 2005. The efficacy of collar-mounted devices in reducing the rate of predation of wildlife by domestic cats. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 94:273-285.
  • Nelson, S.H., Evans, A.D. & Bradbury, R.B. 2005. The efficacy of an ultrasonic cat deterrent. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 96: 83-91.
  • Shultz, S., Bradbury, R.B., Evans, K.L., Gregory, R.D. & Blackburn, T.M. 2005. Brain size and resource specialisation predict long-term population trends in British birds. Proc. Royal Soc. London B. 272: 2305-2311.
  • Wilson, J.D., Whittingham, M.J. & Bradbury, R.B. 2005. The management of crop structure: a general approach to reversing the impacts of agricultural intensification on birds? Ibis 147: 453-463.


  • 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.
  • Bradbury, R.B., Brown, S.J., Stevens, D. & Aebischer, N.J. 2004. Five-year evaluation of the impact of the Arable Stewardship Pilot Scheme on birds.  Ibis 146 (Suppl. 2): 172-181.
  • Bradbury, R.B. & Bradter, U. 2004. Habitat associations of Yellow Wagtails on lowland wet grassland. Ibis 146: 241-246.
  • Barnett, P.R., Whittingham, M.J., Bradbury, R.B. & Wilson, J.D. 2004. Use of unimproved and improved lowland grassland by wintering birds in the UK. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 102: 49-60.
  • Chamberlain, D.E., Gough, S., 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.
  • Cunningham, H.M., Chaney, K., Bradbury, R.B. & Wilcox, A. 2004. Non-inversion tillage and farmland birds: a review with special reference to the UK and Europe. Ibis 146 (Suppl. 2): 192-202.


  • Aebischer, N.J., Bradbury, R.B., Eaton, M., Henderson, I.G., Siriwardena, G.M., Vickery, J.A. 2003. Predicting the response of farmland birds to agricultural change. BTO Research Report 289, Thetford: British Trust for Ornithology.
  • Bradbury, R.B. & Allen, D.S. 2003. Evaluation of the impact of the pilot UK arable stewardship scheme on breeding and wintering birds. Bird Study 50: 131-141.
  • Bradbury, R.B., Wilson, J.D., Moorcroft, D., Morris, A.J. & Perkins, A.J. 2003. Habitat and weather are weak correlates of nestling condition and growth rates of four UK farmland passerines. Ibis 145: 295-306.
  • Evans, K.L., Waldron, S. & Bradbury, R.B. 2003. Segregation in the African wintering ranges of English and Swiss Swallows Hirundo rustica populations: a stable isotope study. Bird Study 50: 294-299.
  • Evans, K.L., Wilson, J.D. & Bradbury, R.B. 2003. Swallow Hirundo rustica population trends in England: data from repeated historical surveys. Bird Study 50: 178-181.
  • Evans, K.L., Bradbury, R.B. & Wilson, J.D. 2003. Selection of hedgerows by Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica foraging on farmland: the influence of local habitat and weather. Bird Study 50: 8-14.
  • Lee, P.L.M., Brain, P.F., Forman, D, Bradbury, R.B. & Griffiths, R. 2003. Sex and death: CHDIZ associated with high mortality in moorhens. Evolution 56: 2548-2553.
  • Mason, D.C., Anderson, G.Q.A., Bradbury, R.B., Cobby, D.M., Davenport, I.J., Vandepoll, M. & Wilson, J.D. 2003. Measurement of habitat predictor variables for oraginism/habitat models using remote sensing and image segmentation. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 24 (12): 2515-2532.
  • Morris, A.J. Bradbury, R.B. & Evans, A.D. 2003. Sustainable Arable Farming For an Improved Environment: the effects of novel winter wheat sward management on Skylarks (Alauda arvensis). BCPC International Congress - Crop Science & Technology 2003: Congress Proceedings Volume 1, 227-232.
  • Nelson, S.H., Watts, P.N., Vickery, J.A., Court, I. & Bradbury, R.B. 2003. The status and ecology of the Yellow Wagtail in Britain. British Wildlife April 2003: 270-274.


  • Cunningham, H.M., Chaney, K., Wilcox, A. & Bradbury, R.B. 2002. The effect of non-inversion tillage on earthworm and arthropod populations as potential food sources for farmland birds. Aspects of Applied Biology 67: 101-106.
  • Eaton, M.A., Stoate, C.J., Whittingham, M.W. & Bradbury, R.B. 2002. Determinants of Whitethroat Sylvia communis distribution in different agricultural landscapes. In Avian Landscape Ecology: pure and applied issues in the large-scale ecology of birds, pp300-304. Proceedings of 11th IALE Conference.
  • Moorcroft, D., Whittingham, M.J., Bradbury, R.B. & Wilson, J.D. 2002. Stubble field prescriptions for granivorous birds – The role of vegetation cover and food abundance. J. Appl. Ecol.39: 535-547.
  • Morris, A.J., Bradbury, R.B. & Wilson, J.D. 2002. Determinants of patch selection by yellowhammers Emberiza citrinella foraging in cereal crops. Aspects of Applied Biology 67: 43-50.
  • Perkins, A.J., Whittingham, M.J., Morris, A.J. & Bradbury, R.B. 2002. Use of field margins by foraging yellowhammers Emberiza citrinella. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 93: 413-420.


  • Anderson, G.Q.A., Bradbury, R.B. & Evans, A.D. 2001.  Evidence for the effects of agricultural intensification on wild bird populations in the UK.  RSPB Research Report No 3. RSPB, Sandy. ISBN 1 901930 40 8.
  • Lee, P.L.M., Bradbury, R.B., Wilson, J.D., Flanagan, N.S., Richardson, L., Perkins, A.J. & Krebs, J.R. 2001. Microsatellite variation in the yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella: population structure of a declining farmland bird. Molecular Ecology 10 (7): 1633-1644.
  • Lee, P.L.M., Collins, K.P., Richardson, L. & Bradbury, R.B. 2001. Loss of genetic variation in the declining Irish population of Yellowhammers Emberiza citrinella. Irish Birds 590-592.
  • Lee, P.L.M., Richardson, L.J. & Bradbury, R.B. 2001. The phylogenetic status of the Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra based on mitochondrial control-region DNA sequences. Ibis 143: 299-303. 
  • Morris, A.J., Whittingham, M.J., Bradbury, R.B., Wilson, J.D., Kyrkos, A., Buckingham, D.L. & Evans, A.D. 2001. Foraging habitat selection by yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella) in agriculturally contrasting regions in lowland England. Biological Conservation 101: 197-210.
  • Swetnam, R.D., Wilson, J.D. & Bradbury, R.B. 2001. Modelling the effects of agricultural change on skylark numbers using GIS. In P.F. Donald & J. Vickery (eds). The Ecology and Conservation of Skylarks Alauda arvensis. Sandy: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
  • Whittingham. M.J., Bradbury, R.B., Wilson, J.D., Morris, A.J., Perkins, A.J. & Siriwardena, G.M. 2001. Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs foraging patterns, nestling survival and territory distribution on lowland farmland. Bird Study, 48: 257-270.


  • Bradbury, R.B., Kyrkos, A., Morris, A.J., Clark, S.C., Perkins, A.P. & Wilson, J.D. 2000. Habitat associations and breeding success of Yellowhammers on lowland farmland. Journal of Applied Ecology 37: 789-805.
  • Bradbury, R.B. & Stoate, C. 2000. The ecology of yellowhammers on lowland farmland. In, Ecology and Conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds (eds. Aebischer, N.J., Evans, A.D., Grice, P.V. & Vickery, J.A.), pp. 165-172. British Ornithologists’ Union, Tring.
  • Davenport, I.J., Bradbury, R.B., Anderson, G.Q.A., Hayman, G.R.F., Krebs, J.R., Mason, D.C., Wilson, J.D. & Veck, N.J. 2000. Improving bird population models using airborne remote sensing. International Journal of Remote Sensing 21: 2705-2717.
  • Perkins, A.J., Whittingham, M.J., Morris, A.J., Barnett, P.R., Wilson, J.D. & Bradbury, R.B. 2000. Habitat characteristics affecting use of lowland agricultural grassland by birds. Biological Conservation. 95: 279-294.
  • Wilson, J.D., Swetnam, R.D., Whittingham, M.J. & Bradbury, R.B. 2000. Designing lowland landscapes for farmland birds: a pilot study integrating habitat association models and Geographical Information Systems. English Nature Research Report.


  • Bradbury, R.B. & Griffiths, R. 1999. Sex-biased nestling mortality is influenced by hatching asynchrony in the Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus). Journal of Avian Biology 30: 316-322.
  • Pagliani, A.C., Lee, P.L.M., & Bradbury, R.B. 1999. Molecular determination of sex-ratio in Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) offspring. Journal of Avian Biology 30: 239-244.
  • Wilson, J.D., Morris, A.J., Arroyo, B.E., Clark, S.C. & Bradbury, R.B. 1999. A review of the abundance and diversity of invertebrate and plant foods of granivorous birds in northern Europe in relation to agricultural change. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 70: 13-20.


  • Bradbury, R.B., Morris, A.J., Moorcroft, D. & Wilson, J.D. 1998. Demography of the Linnet Carduelis cannabina in agricultural habitats. In N.J. Adams & R.H. Slotow (eds). Proceedings of the 22 International Ornithological Congress, Durban. Ostrich 69: 421.
  • Moorcroft, D., Bradbury, R.B., & Wilson, J.D. 1998. The diet of nestling linnets Carduelis cannabina before and after agricultural intensification in the UK. In N.J. Adams & R.H. Slotow (eds). Proceedings of the 22 International Ornithological Congress, Durban. Ostrich 69: 240.
  • Bradbury, R.B., Cotton, P., Wright, J. & Griffiths, R. 1997 Nestling sex ratio in the European Starling Sturnus vulgaris. Journal of Avian Biology 28: 255-258.


  • Bradbury, R.B. & Griffiths, R. 1997. A rapid method for sexing birds with highly repeated W-chromosome-linked DNA markers. Ibis 139: 401-402.
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