My research interests have focused on avian island birds and reptiles and their associations with degraded ecosystems and restored habitats, assessing the threats to their survival such as habitat loss, invasive species and wildlife disease.

This has led me to undertake a research expedition to Grenada to study the little known critically endangered Grenada Dove, Leptotila wellsi, focusing on breeding habitat use and preliminary investigations into predator monitoring and access to freshwater sources.

My professional focus has recently been delving onto the relationships with our land-use and its effects on biodiversity; including how we gain resources and dispose of our waste. In the face of the rapid urban expansion in the UK, Europe and across the globe, the natural environment must be considered as early as possible in the planning process in order to gain the benefit from nature, particularly in the urban-rural fringe. In time, I would like to share successful case studies.  Also I am fascinated by the way in which our consumer choices can have big indirect impacts on the natural world, often 1000s of miles away from our homes and I believe this is one step we can all help with. We can have a resilient future through closed loop manufacturing and a circular economy.

Journal Articles

N. M. BOLTON, C. van OOSTERHOUT, N. J. COLLAR and D. J. BELL (2016). Population
constraints on the Grenada Dove Leptotila wellsi: preliminary findings and proposals from south-west Grenada. Bird Conservation International, 26, pp 205-213

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Popular Science Articles

Bolton, N. M. 2017. Searching for the Sentinel of Spice Isle, Biosphere: 23: 35-41


Talks and Presentations

Guest speaker, CENTA Postgraduate Students Conference, 2015, University of Birmingham


I warmly thank Bonnie Rusk of Grenada Dove Conservation, Aden Forteau, Anthony Jeremiah, Grenadian Government Staff, David Wege of BirdLife International and my funders: Rufford Small Grants Foundation (RSG); Chester Zoo; Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP); Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, and; The Sir Phillip Reckitt Educational Trust.

And a huge thank you to Carl Jones, Nigel Collar, Diana Bell, Cock van Oosterhout, John Kearvell and a host of educators, colleagues, family and friends.