The talk covers local monitoring and what evidence from Atlas and other surveys tells us about changes in distribution and abundance, and then moves to uncovering the mysteries of migration, using various species including cuckoos, swifts, spotted flycatchers and nightingales.

Andy joined the Nature Conservancy Council in 1982, and his 24 years with the Government nature conservation agency included field-work on upland birds, Communications and European work and securing Lottery funds for local community areas for wildlife. After species work was seconded to the Department of the Environment, Andy returned to English Nature as Director of Protected Areas with overall responsibility for nationally and internationally important wildlife sites. He also led the successful defence of Dibden Bay at Public Enquiry.

After assisting the setting up in early 2006 of Natural England, as Director of Science, Evidence & Policy, Andy undertook freelance strategic environmental consultancy before coming to BTO as Director in August 2007. His work at BTO has included leadership of the BTO Strategy 2009-2014, representing BTO in Government and ensuring our strong profile alongside other Third Sector wildlife organisations. Andy sits on the Cambridge Conservation Initiative Steering Group www.conservation.cam.ac.uk, helping to link BTO scientific research with policy. He is a Board Member of Natural England and a Trustee of the National Biodiversity Network.