World Curlew Day
The Curlew is an iconic species in the British countryside. Find out how BTO is working to support conservation of this Red-listed species.
21 Apr 2022
Human activity can help as well as hinder UK butterflies
View the 2021 results from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
29 Mar 2022
Kickstart your BirdTrack Year
Kickstart your BirdTrack Year by taking part in a big year; BirdTrack will identify some target species that you are missing.
14 Jan 2022
BTO review of the year 2021
Thanks to our staff, volunteers, supporters, funders and partners, together we have achieved so much, despite 2021 being a tough year. Look back on some of the highlights with our video review of the...
26 Dec 2021
BTO Christmas range now available
Buy BTO Christmas cards and the 2022 BTO Calendar now.
30 Sep 2021
New Indicator for Wintering Waterbirds in Scotland
The latest Biodiversity Indicator for Wintering Waterbirds in Scotland shows declines.
09 Sep 2021
New taxa added to BirdTrack
You can now record butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, and orchids in BirdTrack
29 Jul 2021
Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder – it’s back!
Spurn Bird Observatory Trust and the BTO are once again welcoming all young birders to take part in the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder event.
08 Jun 2021
A tale of two warblers
Despite limited 2020 data due to COVID-19 restrictions, the latest BTO/RSPB/JNCC Breeding Bird Survey report highlights interesting trends.
13 May 2021
PJ the Cuckoo breaks records
PJ the Cuckoo has arrived back in his Suffolk home – becoming the first bird in the project to complete his fifth annual migration cycle.
23 Apr 2021
Scaup on the slide, Spoonbill on the rise
Find out how Scaup are spending their winters in the latest Wetland Bird Survey report.
20 Apr 2021
Barn Owls in 2020: an update from Colin Shawyer
Widely recognised for his work on the study and conservation of owls and raptors, biologist and professional ecologist Colin Shawyer has collaborated with the BTO on projects such as Project Ba
23 Mar 2021
BirdTrends 2020 published
The BTO's BirdTrends report is a one-stop shop for information about the population status of the common breeding birds of the wider UK countryside.
05 Mar 2021
BTO Equipment Donation Scheme launched
Do you have a pair of binoculars you no longer use, or a bird guide book that is gathering dust?
19 Feb 2021
LifeCycle issue 9 - ready to read
Issue 9 of LifeCycle includes the results from the 2019 breeding season, generated from NRS, CES and RAS data.
08 Dec 2020
Blue Tits missing from gardens following heatwave
Garden BirdWatch has shown that some of our favourite garden species have been struggling this year, possibly due to the unusually warm spring.
17 Nov 2020
A new BTO CEO, a new BTO podcast
Juliet Vickery has now officially started work as BTO CEO. She sat down with outgoing CEO Andy Clements and BTO Youth Advisory Panel member Greg Palmer to talk about challenges, successes and...
02 Nov 2020
Join us for the Marsh Awards online
Join us online as BTO recognises the contributions that individuals make to our understanding of birds through our annual awards.
27 Oct 2020
Feed our finches
Autumn is the perfect time to clean and fill up your bird feeders ready for the cold months ahead - look out for Siskins and Bullfinches.
29 Oct 2020
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED 17.01.2022).
17 Jan 2022
Announcing our new patron
His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge has become Patron of the BTO, assuming the patronage from His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh who has held the role for over 30 years.
19 Oct 2020
October 2020 Golden Plover Survey - Can you help?
On 17–19 October 2020 there will be a coordinated census of Eurasian Golden Plovers across Europe, repeating comparable surveys carried out in 2014, 2008 and 2003.
15 Oct 2020
An unexpected journey
On 1 September Suffolk Cuckoo Carlton II gave us all a surprise.
11 Sep 2020
New Ringing Report reveals amazing journeys
During 2019 some of our ringed birds undertook incredible journeys, taking them from Britain & Ireland to distant shores (or vice-versa).
27 Jul 2020
Nest box prize draw for Nesting Neighbours participants
Would you like to have your garden kitted out for the breeding season next year? The Nestbox Company are offering an amazing package of twelve bird, bug and bat boxes, worth over £250, to one lucky...
17 Jul 2020
Introducing our new Chief Executive
We are proud to announce that Professor Juliet Vickery will take over from Dr Andy Clements at the end of the year.
17 Jul 2020
Celebrating 25 years of garden birds with our Summer Raffle
Our Summer Raffle will be raising vital funds for our continued work to understand garden birds and their habitats.
09 Jul 2020
Vanishing Terns on the Skerries
The UK's largest Arctic Tern breeding colony has been abandoned, and BTO scientists are asking the public for help to work out where these birds have gone.
22 Jun 2020
Making the most of BirdTrack data
We have been working to produce useful summaries for bird reports using data from the millions of annual BirdTrack records.
Songbird ID (3 sessions, Wednesdays 10am)
This course involves three weekly online sessions of 100 minutes, with a trainer:participant ratio of about 1:30. Participants' microphones are muted during the sessions but there is a large interactive component,...