The BTO Regional Network
Volunteers sit at the very heart of BTO, contributing thousands of hours to our work every year.
Our Regional Network volunteers represent BTO at a regional level, whilst also acting as the first point of contact for their local volunteer surveyors. We have 125 BTO regions, and within each region, we are keen to develop a local passionate BTO community.
A Regional Representative (RR) is our local leader for BTO in their region, and a key point of contact for other local members and volunteers. The role is largely administrative, supporting survey volunteers and taking overall responsibility for the coordination and leadership of the team in their region.
To find the Regional Representative for your area, browse the map or visit our Regional Network Directory for a full list of our Regional Representatives and their contact details.
While all the outcomes we’d want in a region can be achieved by the Regional Representative on their own, in some cases, a team approach works really well. Regional Organisers (ROs) help us achieve great regional coverage for individual surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, Wetland Bird Survey and Heronries Census. There can be a different RO for each of the key surveys, each working closely with the RR.
BTO Regional Ambassadors (RAs) focus on engagement and promotional work to help raise the profile of BTO locally, and provide opportunities for people to get together.
Find your Regional Representative
Become a Regional Network volunteer
If you’re interested in becoming a Regional Network volunteer, we’d love to hear from you! We have several vacant positions across the UK, including Regional Representative and Local Organiser roles.
Browse Regional Representative vacancies below, or contact dawn.balmer [at] bto.org for more information about Local Organiser vacancies.
Regional Representative vacancies
Get in touch with dawn.balmer [at] bto.org for more information or to apply.
Huntingdon & Peterborough
Yorkshire (Leeds & Wakefield)
What does our Regional Network achieve?
- Good coverage for our surveys in the region through recruitment and support of volunteers
- A welcoming environment for new supporters
- A vibrant community engaged and kept up to date with news and feedback of the results of their collective effort
- A community integrated into the local bird scene, with links to local birds clubs or similar groups and with other neighbouring BTO communities.
- An increase in BTO members in the region
- Periodic conferences and other opportunities for people to meet
- Local training/mentoring opportunities
- A greater awareness of our work through talks, a presence at events or on social media
The Regional Network Committee
The Regional Network Committee supervises the volunteer surveys at BTO, supporting survey workers and monitoring survey planning and evaluation. The Committee appoints Regional Representatives and liaises with the Surveys Team in supervising Regional and Country Representatives.
Paper call for special HPAI issue
We are putting together a special issue of the BTO journal Bird Study to bring together research documenting the HPAI outbreak and its impacts on wild birds.