The speed of migration has picked up as the end of September draws near, with a mix of extremely rare species and more common migrants being seen in recent days. There are still a few weeks until autumn migration starts to slow down; who knows what they will bring?
BirdTrack migration blog (19th-25th August)
You don’t need us to tell you that August has been very hot and dry with drought conditions across many parts of Britain and Ireland.
16 Aug 2022
How and why to record dragonflies in August
Many dragonflies and damselflies are on the wing in mid and late summer. BTO’s Rob Jaques writes about watching, recording, and supporting these beautiful insects.
12 Aug 2022
Not all career paths are paved equally
Why is BTO certified Disability Confident Committed? Jenna Woodford, BTO's Social Media Officer, reflects on their experience as an applicant and as an employee.
28 Jul 2022
Tackling the challenge of avian influenza
Director of Science James Pearce-Higgins discusses highly pathogenic avian influenza and BTO's role in the response to the current outbreak.
13 Jul 2022
BirdTrack migration blog (mid-July - mid-August)
As we progress through the summer towards early autumn we are still a few weeks away from any large-scale migration. However, the next month will give us a hint of what is to come later in the year.
12 Jul 2022
Songbird migration across the Sahara
Mark Wilson, BTO Research Ecologist, reflects on his work tagging songbirds to collect data about their migration routes and their breeding grounds in the UK.
11 Jul 2022
Inspired by birds, informed by science: providing the evidence-base for policy decisions
BTO Cymru’s Rachel Taylor and Callum Macgregor reflect on working at the interface between science and policy for their research on Cormorant and Goosander populations in Wales.
08 Jul 2022
A future with EDI in mind: a note from Juliet
BTO's CEO Juliet reflects on the responsibility to improve our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
30 Jun 2022
Wild Rock Doves: solving a genetic enigma
BTO ringer and DPhil student Will Smith writes about his latest research into the distinctions between wild Rock Doves and the Feral Pigeon.
30 Jun 2022
Avoiding tunnel vision during a PhD
Sophie Bennett reflects on her recent three month placement at the BTO and the value of taking a step back from a PhD.
28 Jun 2022
Belfast’s Unsung Seabird
Despite the human hustle and bustle, Belfast Lough is at the heart of Eider conservation in Ireland. BTO's Senior Research Ecologist Kat Booth-Jones dives into research focused on this charismatic seabird.
20 Jun 2022
BirdTrack migration blog (mid-June- mid-July)
As we reach the halfway point of the year, migration has slowed dramatically but the breeding season continues apace.
15 Jun 2022
What have the Cuckoos taught us?
Prior to 2011, we knew very little about what the UK's breeding Cuckoos did once they left the UK for the winter months. Over a decade since the BTO Cuckoo Tracking Project was born, we reflect on the discoveries we've made.
13 Jun 2022
Both sides of the camera
BTO Youth's Birding 101 events are part of a free training programme for young people, by young people. Lizzie, BTO Youth Representative and Birding 101 host, writes about their experience.
06 Jun 2022
BirdTrack migration blog (27th May - mid-June)
As summer approaches, the pace of migration slows; most species will be on their breeding grounds and raising their young.
26 May 2022
Migration blog (20th-26th May)
Like the temperatures across Britain and Ireland, the pace of migration has soared in the last week as more and more birds arrive to breed or stop off on their way to breeding grounds further afield.
19 May 2022
Sustainability and citizen science: estimating the carbon footprint of the Breeding Bird Survey
BTO Data Scientist Simon Gillings explores the results of BTO's investigation into the carbon footprint of biodiversity monitoring.
18 May 2022
Tackling invasives: unpicking the definitions
BTO's Head and Principal Ecologist David Noble breaks down what we really mean by 'invasive species'.
15 May 2023
Birdtrack migration blog (13th-19th May)
A change in weather in the last week has seen migration ramp up with more birds arriving for the summer across Britain and Ireland.
12 May 2022
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