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Wigeon By Jill Pakenham

Avian Influenza update

With a growing number of cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Britain & Ireland this winter, ringing can provide important contextual information concerning the movements of wild birds. However, ringing activities need to be carried out responsibly and precautionary ringing suspensions are introduced where official Surveillance Zones are declared around outbreaks. Find out more about our advice on avian influenza and our guidelines to ringers.
Young birders by Max Hellicar

BTO Bird Camp 2017

Calling all young birders aged 12-18. Don't forget that to be in with a chance of securing a place at this year's BTO Bird Camp, kindly sponsored by the Cameron Bespolka Trust, you'll need to submit an application by Friday 13th January. This residential event aims to inspire young naturalists through great experiences and special insights into birds and conservation. Supported by ‘Next Generation Birders’ & ‘A Focus on Nature’, BTO Bird Camp 2017 will be a full weekend of birding, ringing, nest finding and networking.
Screenshots from the BirdTrack app

Congratulations BirdTrack

We're proud to announce that the BirdTrack app has won the Birdwatch Product of the Year award, with the revitalised app coming top in a readers' poll! Through the new app you can now log sightings from anywhere in the world, live in the field, and add much more information about your visit and what you saw.Thanks to everyone who showed their appreciation of the new app by voting for it.

Gulls, photograph by David Williams.jpg

Studies on seabirds and wind farms

New BTO research, published today, adds to our growing body of work on the interactions between offshore wind farms and seabirds. We have published several papers on this topic in recent years, the key findings of which are summarised in our new BTO Research Note.