Below are details of BOU-funded projects back to 1996. Those projects for which we have an online report available are detailed. Some projects have links to external sites for further information.
Our Grants Committee membership is drawn from scientists who have worked or are working on the types of projects we look to fund and currently include members based at the University of East Anglia, BTO, RSPB, University of St Andrews and BirdLife International. See members here.
2014 ornithological research grants
Direct and indirect influences of climate on species' range limits - how does geographic temperature variation affect the breeding success of the Ethiopian Bush-crow, Zavattariornis stresemanni, and the White-tailed Swallow, Hirundo megaensis?
Andrew Bladon (PhD candidate, University of Cambridge, UK) View profile
Factors limiting reproductive success of the globally threatened Aquatic Warbler in SE Poland
Joanna Dziarska-Pałéac (PhD candidate, Warsaw University, Poland)
Is the White Stork Ciconia ciconia addicted to 'junk food'? Implications of recent landfill closures on breeding season habitat use and fledging success in Iberia
Nathalie Gilbert (PhD candidate, University of East Anglia, UK)
Indirect status reassessment for Siberian grouse in the Russian far east
Kateryna Konovalenko (PhD candidate, Albert Ludwig's University, Frieburg, Germany)
Conservation and ecology of papyrus endemic bird species
Ilya MacLean (Lecturer, University of Exeter, UK)
Designing a standardised photographic mark-recapture method for estimating population densities of Andean Condor using feeding stations
Diego Ricardo Mendez (Researcher, Armonia, Bolivia)
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Natal dispersal of Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca in the Carpathian Basin
Kristian Szabo (Research Fellow, Szent Istvan University, Hungary)
On duty at the nest: investigating frontline defences in Black-collared Barbets against brood parasitism by Lesser Honeyguide
Wenfei Tong (Post-doc Research Associate, University of Cambridge, UK)
2014 career development bursaries
Aida Abdennadher (Researcher, National Institute of Agronomy, Tunisia)
Pollution by heavy metals in an important Brown Booby breeding area in Mexico
Supervisor: Carolina Sanpera Trigueros (University of Barcelona, Spain)
Jesse Conklin (Guest Researcher, University of Groningen, the Netherlands)
Seasonal survival of long-distance migratory shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway
Supervisor: Theunis Piersam (University of Groningen, the Netherlands)
Batbayar Galtbalt (Researcher, Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia)
The potential of using moulted feathers in an analysis of breeding behaviour
Supervisor: Xiangjiang Zhan (University of Cardiff, UK)
Justyna Kubacka (voluntary researcher with OTOP (BirdLife Partner), Poland)
Gene flow and genetic diversity in Polish populations of the endangered Aquatic Warbler
Supervisor: Judith Korb (University of Freiburg, Germany)
Oriol Lapiedra (Postdoc researcher, Centre for Ecological Research and Applied Forestries, Spain)
Integrating the role of biogeography, ecology and behaviour into the study of the adaptive diversification of Columbiformes: implications for their conservation
Supervisor: Trevor Price (University of Chicago, US)
Jaime Resano Mayor (PhD candidate, University of Barcelona)
Integrating genetic and stable isotope analyses to infer the population structure of the Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis in Western Europe
Supervisor: Raphael Arlettaz (University of Bern, Switzerland)
Alice Risley (Advisor, Natural England)
Does territory quality and body condition influence timing of spring departure from African wintering grounds in a long-distance migrant, the Whinchat?
Supervisor: Will Cresswell (University of St Andrews, UK)
Evanthia Thanou (Self-funder researcher, University of Patras, Greece)
Completing the phylogeography of the European Shag: do species stand the test?
Supervisors: Stephen Cavers / Francis Daunt (CEH Edinburgh, UK)
2013 ornithological research grants
Factors influencing survival of artificial lark nests in severely modified grasslands, Liben Plain, Ethiopia: an experimental approach using a novel biological control measure and fenced enclosures.
Bruktawit Abdu Mahamued (PhD student, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK).
Migratory movements of the Macaronesian endemic Plain Swift Apus unicolor.
Eduardo Garcias-del-Rey (Director, Macaronesian Institute of Field Ornithology, Canary Islands).
At sea ecology of the endemic Bugio's Petrel Pterodroma deserta. Using geolocators to understand their breeding and non-breeding behaviour.
Fernando Iv├ín Ramírez Paredes (BirdLife Marine Coordinator, Portugal).
Conserving the endemic birds of the Angolan Scarp Forest.
Aimy C├íceres Pinedo (PhD student, University of Porto, Portugal).
The role of cognitive abilities in the use of social information for breeding site selection: an empirical approach in passerine populations.
Laure Cauchard (PhD student, University of Montreal, Canada).
2013 career development bursaries
Gabriel Adam Jamie (Lab technician, Dept of Zoology, Cambridge).
Project: The molecular basis of convergant evolution in an avian host-parasite system.
Supervisor: Michael Sorenson, Boston University, USA.
Lorraine Chivers (graduated 2010 with a PhD in seabird ecology from Queen's University, Belfast).
Is aged-related reproductive success of Black-legged Kittiwakes mediated through foraging performance?
Supervisor: Richard Holland, Queen's University, Belfast,
Vincente Garcia-Navas (unaffiliated; PhD 2012 from University of Castilla-La-Mancha, Spain).
Nest as extended phenotype in the Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia. What signals presence of ornamental feathers: male quality or territorial occupancy?
Supervisor: Francisco Valera Hernandez, Estacion Experiment de Zonas Aridas (CISC), Spain.
Sama Zefania (PhD 2012 from University of Antananarivo Madagascar).
Parental care and adult sex ratio in three species of plovers Charadrius spp. in southwest Madagascar.
Supervisor: Tam├ís Székely, University of Bath.
2012 ornithological research grants
Could disease be contributing to the population decline of European Turtle Doves Streptopelia turtur?: Trichomonas gallinaeinfection in European Turtle Doves in Nigeria and potential for transmission among co-occurring African columbiformes. Jenny Dunn & Dana├½ Sheehan (UK). £2000.
Non-breeding habitat requirements and conservation threats to the Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis in Cambodia. Richard Hillard (New Zealand). £2000.
How do Eucalyptus plantations affect forest and farmland-beneficial birds in Rwanda? Jean Paul Ntungane (Rwanda). £1200.
Investigating the differences in personality of Great Tits Parus major in urban area and woodland using Drd4 gene polymorphism and behavioural observation in captivity. Sepand Riyahi (Spain). £1700.
Impact of bacteria on sperm quality in a wild passerine, the House Sparrow Passer domesticus. Melissah Rowe (Denmark). £1000.
Assessing the impacts of non-native Black-headed Weavers Ploceus melanocephalus on native reedbed nesting warblers. Martin Sullivan (UK). £917.
2012 career development bursaries
Jennifer Mandeville (Researcher, Conservation International, USA). Monitoring Change: Resampling the Mount Missim Elevational Transect, Papua New Guinea. Supervisor: Bruce Beehler (Conservation International, USA). £2500.
Renata Jorge Medeiros Mirra (Self-funded Post-doctoral Researcher, Cardiff University). Evaluating and comparing the diet and population dynamics of two sympatric species of storm petrels in the Azores. Supervisor: Rob Thomas (Cardiff University, UK). £2500.
Gregorio M. Toral (Unaffiliated, currently a volunteer at Estación Biológica de Do├▒ana, CSIC, Seville, Spain). The black mask in Birds: an advantage for hunting? Supervisor: José Hern├ín Sarasola (Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Argentina). £2500.
Yang Liu (Assistant Post-doctoral Researcher (independent). Understanding Grouping Choice in House Sparrow Passer domesticus. Supervisor: Michael Griesser (University of Bern). £2500.
2011 small ornithological research grants
Wintering farmland bird assemblages in west Hungary. Andr├ís B├íldi (Hungary), £1010.
Migration behaviour and winter distribution of a declining long-distance migrant: the Pied Flycatcher. Malcolm Burgess (UK), £1000.
Phylogeography of the Black Harrier Circus maurus. Jerome Fuchs (USA), £500.
Is the strong smell of Kakapo an honest signal for mate choice? Anna Gsell (New Zealand), £2000.
Winter migration of Cape Gannets from Namibia. Katrin Ludynia (South Africa), £1100.
Feeding ecology and at-sea movements of Macaronesian Shearwaters in the North Atlantic. Vitor Hugo Rodrigues Paiva (Portugal), £2000.
Migratory routes and wintering areas of the European Roller Coracias garrulous. Juan Rodriguez Ruiz (Spain), £1477.
Detecting change in the habitat and status of Hinde's Babbler Turdoides hindei: 2001 to 2011. Phil Shaw (UK), £845.
Report published Ibis 155: 428-429
2011 career development bursaries
Jonathan Kennedy (unaffiliated, recently completed MSc at Imperial College). Supervisor: Trevor Price, University of Chigaco. Analysis of ecological diversification among Himalayan birds. £2500.
Rocío Moreno Carrillo (PhD student, University of Barcelona). Supervisor: Richard Philips, British Antarctic Survey. Diet flexibility and likely vulnerability of Antarctic seabirds to long-term krill decline. £2500.
Reinder Radersma (PhD student, Groningen University). Supervisor: Ben Sheldon, University of Oxford). Sex allocation and sibling interactions in birds. £2500.
Alfred Newton archive project
Prof. Tim Birkhead (University of Sheffield) was awarded £2500 to research the archives of the BOU’s founder, Alfred Newton. The research was carried out by Peter Gallivan (3-yr BSc studentat University of Sheffield).
Paper published in Ibis 154: 887-905
2010 research awards
Action research and conservation of the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus in Bangladesh. Sayam Uddin Chowdhury (Bangladesh), £1900.
Report published Ibis 154: 210-211
Developing a molecular phylogeny of Asian hornbills to test biogeographic hypotheses and clarify conservation priorities. Juan Gonzalez (UK) £800.
Determinants of variation in productivity, adult survival and recruitment in Whinchats Saxicola rubetra on Salisbury Plain. Ian Henderson (UK), £1600.
A Survey of the Critically Endangered Archer's Lark Heteromirafra archeri of Somaliland. Claire Spottiswoode (UK), £2000.
Contribution to updating the population status of globally threatened Grey-necked Picathartes Picathartes oreas in Cameroon. Taku Awa II (Cameroon), £900.
Climatic impacts on productivity of Arctic Terns Sterna paradisaea in Iceland. Freydis Vigfusdottir (Iceland), £800.
Researching the effectiveness of White-shouldered Ibis Pseudibis davisoni nest protection. Hugh Wright (UK), £2000.
2009 research awards
Birds of prey of Kazakh upland. Anna Barashkova (Russia), £1000.
Report published Ibis 155: 426-427
Phylogeny and evolutionary history of Steamer Ducks, Tachyeres, with particular focus on the species in the Falkland Islands. Brandon Letts (USA), £800.
Assessing bird diversity in shed trees of tea (camellia sinensis L.) gardens in Greater Sylhet region, north-eastern Bangladesh. Sharif Ahmed Mukul (Bangladesh), £920.
Abundance and diversity of raptors in surrounding unprotected area of Yankari Game Reserve Bauchi State, Nigeria. Joseph Daniel Onoja (Nigeria), £800.
Effect of habitat alteration on population density and distribution of Turner’s Eremomela in south Nandi Forest, Kenya. Nickson Erick Otieno (Kenya), £1000.
Report published Ibis 153: 436-437
Moult in migrant waders using African wetlandsÔÇ¿Magdalena Remisiewicz (South Africa), £1200.
Report published Ibis 153: 433-435
Investigating the habitat requirements and preferences of the endangered Madagascar Pond Heron on Aldabra Atoll. Jennifer Stockdale (UK), £685.
The impact of land use on the breeding Saker Falcons in VojvoDina, Serbia. Marko Tucakov (Serbia), £1000.
Establishing a national monitoring programme for White-shouldered Ibis in Cambodia. Hugh Wright (UK), £1995.
Report published in Ibis 152: 206-208
2008 research awards
Radio-tracking research to aid conservation of the Critically Endangered Djibouti Francolin. Clive Bealey (UK), £1000.
Evaluating the impact of land-use on resident and migratory raptors in West African savannas. Ralph Buij (Cameroon), £1000.
Galliformes monitoring and conservation project in Pakistan's Palas valley with special focus on Western Tragopan. Francis Buner (UK), £1000.
Does Bean Goose have a distinct strategy for autumn versus spring migration in northeastern Ukraine? Mikhail Banik (Ukraine), £600.
Report published Ibis 151: 615-17
A comparison of the breeding ecology of East African and north temperate tit species (Paridae). Phil Shaw (UK), £795.
The impact of predation on populations and individuals of wintering waders. Piet van den Hout (The Netherlands), £600.
2007 research awards
Using a common sister species to elucidate the origin of parasitic infection in the endangered Pink Pigeon. Nancy Bunbury (UEA, UK). £250.
Some aspects of conservation biology of Papyrus Yellow Warbler Chloropeta gracilirostris in Kenyan sector of Lake Victoria. A Owino (Kenya Wildlife Service). £1000.
Survey of globally-threatened birds in the northern sector of Kinangop Grasslands IBA, Lake Ol Borossat Grasslands and Marmanet Forest Reserve, central Kenya. W Wamiti (National Museums of Kenya). £850.
Report published Ibis 150: 438-439
Research on distribution and status of the Saker Falco cherrug in south-eastern Romania. S. Daroczi (Transylvania University, Romania). £450.
Research on the contemporary distribution of species from order Falconiformes, Nesting in the rock biotopes in North-western Bulgaria. G. Stoyanov (Bulgarian Society for Protection of Birds of Prey). £450.
Report published Ibis 150: 439
Locating critical habitats for Bengal Florican in Cambodia: towards the sustainable management of Tonle Sap Grassland. Tom Gray (UEA , UK). £1468.
Report published Ibis 151: 801
The status of a rare and recently described endemic bird species, the Príncipe Thrush Turdus [Olivaceofuscus] Xanthorhynchus and a search for an as yet undescribed 'owl’. M. Melo (CEFE-CNRS, France). £1000.
Surveying breeding grounds of the critically endangered Sociable Lapwing in Southern Russia. V. Morozov (Moscow State University, Russia). £1000.
A research programme on the spring migration of Knots through Porsangerfjord, North Norway. W. Dick (UK). £1000.
2006 research awards
Implications of winter habitat choice in migratory shorebirds. J. Alves (UEA , UK ). £250.
Report published Ibis 151: 617
Territory size and population density of Moustached Antpitta Grallaria alleni. G. Cadena-Lopez (Colombian research biologist). £750.
Characterisation of a hybrid zone between Manacus manacus and Manacus vitellinus in the lowlands of north-western Colombia. D. Calderon Franco (Colombian undergraduate student). £750.
Nesting of the vulnerable Helmeted Woodpecker and other woodpeckers in Argentina’s Atlantic forest. K. Cockle (University of British Colombia). £570.
Report published Ibis 150: 216
Minimising the impacts of palm oil production on birds and other biodiversity whilst sustaining livelihoods: a case study in the upper Guinea Forest Zone of Ghana. B. Phalan (Cambridge Uni, UK). £525.
Report published Ibis 151: 800-01
Is the abandonment of traditional low intensity agriculture detrimental to bird co mmunities in Cyprus. A. Symes (UEA, UK). £500.
Threatened species surveys in the Gola Forest Reserves, Sierra Leone. S. Wotton (The RSPB, UK). £400.
Report published Ibis 152: 205-206
2005 research awards
Supplementary feeding and wild foods in the endangered Pink Pigeon. K. Edmunds (UK). £600.
The survey of Corncrake population in Medias Tableland, Romania. M.J. Cosmin (Romania). £350.
Report published Ibis 149: 446-447
Distribution, habitat use and breeding biology of the Bittern in the Fizes Basin, Transylvania, Romania. A. David (Romania). £600.
Status and distribution of three raptor species in Western Romania. I.S. Komaromi (Romania). £500.
Cambodia 2006 Ornithological Expedition. Jez Bird (UK). £1000.
Report published Ibis 149: 650-651
2004 research awards
Individual quality and at-sea distribution of the Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross. Richard Cuthbert (UK ). £1000.
Macin Watchsite 2004: spring and autumn hawk count in southeastern Romania. Zoltan Domahidi (Romania ). £1000.
Report published Ibis 147: 632-633
2003 research awards
Pilot project for enacting the Spotted Eagle Action Plan in Belarus. V. Dombrovski (Belarus). £750.
The ghost birds of Sulawesi: surveys and conservation of nightjars and owls. I. Hunowu (Indonesia). £750.
2002 research awards
Observations and ringing study of Winter Ring Ouzels Turdus torquatus and their habitat in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. D. Arthur. (UK). £450.
Neglected and reconstructed territories of Central Russia as the core diversity of birds. D. Bogomolov (Russia). £350.
Report published Ibis 145: 711-712
The status and habitat requirements of the Karamoja Apalis Apilis karamojae in the Wenbere Stepp, Tanzania. P. Shaw (UK). £550.
White Stork breeding success, foraging and survival in Romania. Z D. Szabo (Hungary). £750.
2000 research awards
An avian survey of the Sumaca national reserve, Ecuador. Stewart White (UK). £1000.
The importance of fish ponds for Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca in Western Ukraine. Igor Gorban (Ukraine) £930.
Project CHAGRA' 2000: Ukrainian project of conservation and studying chalk grasslands. Mikhail Banik (Ukraine). £600. Report published Ibis 143: 523
Environmental predictability and sex allocation in the Saxual Sparrow Passer ammodendri. Kate Oddie (UK) £400.
Hatching in captive Bali Starlings Leucopsar rothschildi. Do chicks need help? Trace Williams (Jersey). £300.
Are wader nest-scrapes adaptively located and designed to minimise the rate of heat loss from the clutch? Jane Reid (UK) £200.
1999 research awards
A search for the nesting colonies of Hornby’s Storm-petrel Oceanodroma hornbyi. The nesting colonies of this species remains unknown. Michael de L. Brooke (UK). £600.
Melanesian birds: conservation and taxonomy. Guy Dutson (UK). £400. Report published Ibis 145: 175
The Vulturine Parrot Psittrichas fulgidus of New Guinea: habitat requirements and conservation implications. Geoff M. Hilton (UK). £400.
Colombian EBA Project ’99. Paul Salaman (UK). £400. Report published Ibis 142: 521-522
Conservation of birds of prey in Transylvania. Robert Zeitz (Romania). £900.
The foraging ecology of Red-breasted Geese Branta ruficollis on staging grounds in Kazakhztan. J. M. Rowcliffe (UK). £400.
1998 research awards
Doiadema '98. An ornithological and conservation project in the forests of New Caledonia. Jonathan Ekstrom (project leader) (U.K.) £400.
John Gould's Australian birds; a re-appraisal of the taxonomic status of some of Gould's important early 19th-century specimens in two British museums. Clemency Fisher (U.K.) £100.
Surveys of post-breeding Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris, White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala and Sociable Plover Vanellus gregarius in Northern Kazakhstan. Baz Hughes (U.K.) £400.
The West Greenland Goose Project: to investigate habitat exploitation by White-fronted Goose and Canada Goose in West Greenland. Nigel Jarrett (U.K.) £400. Report published Ibis 141: 528-529
To monitor the Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca population in Bulgaria and to further the objectives of the International Action Plan for the species. Nikoli Petkov (Bulgaria) £400.
Action Sampiri – the Sangihe and Talaud conservation project. An integrated conservation andÔÇ¿awareness program studying endangered parrots and the key sitesfor their conservation. Jonathan Riley (U.K.) £400.
Colombia '98: Uncovering the Serrania de San Lucas. To investigate the avian diversity of this remote and virtually unknown tract of primary forest in northwestern South America in order to assess populations of species urgently requiring conservation attention. Paul Salaman (U.K.) £400.
Report published Ibis 141: 354-355
The status, ecology and conservation of Black-necked Lovebird Agapornis nigrigenis in Zambia. To ascertain the present distribution and status of the species, identify and evaluate all threats limiting its recovery and prepare a conservation strategy. Louise Warburton (South Africa) £400.
1997 research awards
To determine the densities and large-scale habitat use of a range of endemic birds within the Guandera Reserve. Will Cresswell (UK) £500.
A study of the spring migration of Greenland White-fronted Geese in Iceland. Tony Fox (Denmark) £200.
A study of the ecology of hornbills and their role as seed dispersers in a poor-quality forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Mauro Galetti £200
A study of the distribution and reproductive success of the Middle Spotted Woodpecker in fragmented and continuous oak-dominated forests of Nerussa woodland. Serguei Kossenko £600.
A study of the Sichuan Hill-partridge within its known range in Sichuan, in order to produce a conservation action plan for the species and its forest habitat including management recommendations for future protected area managers. Rod Martins (UK) £200.
Report published Ibis 141: 172-173
A survey to collect data on distribution and abundance of Lesser Kestrels Falco naumanni in southeastern Kazakstan. Stephen Parr (UK) £600.
A University of East Anglia Conservation Project in Indonesia to collect data on the relative biodiversity values of different forest habitats at Riung (north Flores). John Pllgrim (UK) £200.
Report published Ibis 140: 559
Continuation of a diurnal taped-call playback survey of breeding European Storm-petrels on the Island of Annet. Scilly, combined with an examination of breeding phenology. Peter Robinson (UK) £200.
A study of plant/pollinator relationships and morphological convergence using Neotropical hummingbirds and rainforest flowers. Bruno Walther £500.
1996 research awards
The taxonomy of the Mirafra assamica complex. Per Alstrom (Sweden) £200.
The status of the Ethiopian population of Chough. Anne Delestrade £200.
A faunal survey of the Austral Islands. David Holyoak (UK) £600.
The use of staging areas by Sanderlings in Iceland. Paul Mitchell (UK) £200.
A census of the breeding numbers and distribution of the Ferruginous Duck in Bulgaria. Nikolai Petkov (Bulgaria) £400.
Project Ortalis ’96 - a conservation expedition to the threatened dry forests of western Ecuador. Robert Pople (UK) £150.
Site fidelity and short-distance movements of Corncrake males in the Snmara Mountains, Czech Republic. Jiri Pykal (£500).
Action Sampiri - The University of York Exploration Group’s Talaud and Sangihe conservation project. Jonathan Riley (UK) £200.
An assessment of the population status and viability of endemic bird species in Namibia. Tony Robertson (UK) £400.
A study on the importance of wetlands in the Upper Thracia lowland for the migration and wintering of globally and European threatened and rare waterfowl species. Kalin Velev £100.