Dr Richard Bradbury

Richard Bradbury

Head of Environmental Research

Address: The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL

Department: Conservation Science

Themes of work: Climate change, Ecosystem services, Protected areas



I lead a small but dynamic team working on a diverse range of topics, largely at the interface between biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Our work includes the assessment of climate change impacts on priority species and design of adaptation solutions to these impacts, use of habitat network models to inform landscape scale conservation, the effect of different land use and land management decisions on carbon stocks, greenhouse gas fluxes and the flows of other ecosystem services, development of tools for ecosystem service appraisal, the impacts of energy generation technologies on birds, providing the scientific support across our portfolio of site conservation concerns, understanding the relationships between exposure and connection to nature and human well-being, and how to influence pro-environmental behaviour change.

We work in close collaboration with other teams in the Centre for Conservation Science, colleagues across RSPB and Birdlife International, and a wide range of other academic, statutory agency, government and NGO partners.

External activities

  • 2015 to present: Honorary Research Fellow at Cambridge University
  • 2012 to present: Living With Environmental Change Terrestrial Climate Impacts Report Card: Working Group

Partners and collaborations

  • Dr James Pearce-Higgins, BTO
  • Prof Chris Thomas, University of York
  • Dr Tom Oliver, University of Reading
  • Dr Andrew Balmford, Cambridge University

Selected publications

Benefits and costs of ecological restoration: Rapid assessment of changing ecosystem service values at a U.K. wetland

Restoration of degraded land is recognized by the international community as an important way of enhancing both biodiversity and ecosystem services, but more information is needed about its costs and benefits. In Cambridgeshire, U.K....

Date: 23 September 2014
Authors: 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.D., Thomas, D.H.L., Walpole, M., Warrington, S., & Hughes, F.M.R.
Published in: Ecology & Evolution

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Potential impact of invasive non-native species on ecosystem services provided by a forested ecosystem: a case study from Montserrat

Local stakeholders at the important but vulnerable Centre Hills on Montserrat consider that the continued presence of feral livestock (particularly goats and pigs) may lead to widespread replacement of the reserve's native vegetation ...

Date: 4 July 2014
Authors: 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.
Published in: Biological Invasions

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Solution scanning as a key policy tool: identifying management interventions to help maintain and enhance regulating ecosystem services

The major task of policy makers and practitioners when confronted with a resource management problem is to decide on the potential solution(s) to adopt from a range of available options. However, this process is unlikely to be successful ...

Date: 1 June 2014
Authors: Sutherland, W. J., Gardner, T., Bogich, T.L., Bradbury, R.B., Clothier, B., Jonsson, M., Kapos, V., Lane, S.N., Möller, I., Schroeder, M., Spalding, M., Spencer, T., White, P.C.L. & Dicks, L.V.
Published in: Ecology & Society

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Introduced and natural colonists show contrasting patterns of protected area association in UK wetlands

Protected wildlife habitats provide valuable stepping stones for species that shift their distributions in response to climatic and other environmental changes, but they might also aid the spread of invasive alien species. Here, we ...

Date: 8 May 2014
Authors: Hiley, J.R., Bradbury, R.B. & Thomas, C.D.
Published in: Diversity and Distributions

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What benefits do community forests provide, and to whom? A rapid assessment of ecosystem services from a Himalayan forest, Nepal

In Nepal, community forestry is part of a national strategy for livelihoods improvement and environmental. However, analysis ...

Date: 13 April 2014
Authors: 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.
Published in: Ecosystem Services

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Projects currently working on

Last updatedTitleTheme
14 February 2014Site-based ecosystem service assessments Ecosystem services
Protected areas
13 February 2014The importance of protected areas in climate change adaptationClimate change: Impacts and conservation solutions
Protected areas