Unlocking the science to reveal the state of nature
David Noble takes a sober look at the latest State of Nature Report.
The current state of nature
State of Nature 2019 presents an overview of how the country’s wildlife is faring, looking back over nearly 50 years of monitoring to see how nature has changed in the UK, its Crown Dependencies and O...
A world informed by science: the impact of BTO in 2012–18
The review panel concluded that the BTO has had a remarkable impact on policy and practice given its size and resources. The panel found BTO’s main strengths to be its volunteer base, rigorous in...
What effect might annual releases of non-native gamebirds be having on native biodiversity?
Henrietta Pringle reveals the work behind a recent paper on gamebirds and predation.
Associations between gamebird releases and general predators
Every year, 41-50 million non-native gamebirds (Pheasant and Red-legged Partridge) are released in the UK. Fewer than half these birds are shot, meaning there is potentially a large food resource avai...
Meet the Cuckoo class of 2019
Thanks to the BTO's Cuckoo Tracking Project we are learning more about Cuckoo migration. There are still important questions to answer, so we have fitted four more Cuckoos with satellite tags thi...
Climate change in a warming world
BTO science contributes to our understanding of future scenarios, and informing policies and conservation management strategies to help species adapt.
Explore your garden this spring with Gardenwatch
Together, the UK’s gardens cover a larger area than all National Nature Reserves combined and arguably form our most important nature reserve. As towns and city become more densely populated and...
Is bird feeding changing Britain's garden bird communities?
The study’s authors extracted information from advertising in the RSPB’s Birds magazine over a 40 year period to show how the number and variety of bird food products has risen during this time. These...
Waterbirds in the UK 2017/18
The latest BTO/RSPB/JNCC Wetland Bird Survey report has been published, covering the period July 2017 to June 2018. Explore all the data and trends, including waterbird totals for all WeBS sites – fro...
Tell us about the wildlife in your garden
Answer a quick series of simple questions to tell us more about the widlife in your garden for this partnership project with BBC Springwatch.
General licences and BTO
Andy Clements, BTO Chief Executive, sets out BTO’s position regarding the current debate about wildlife licensing.
BBS Report reveals impact of 'Beast from the East'
The new BBS report shows the impact that severe 2018 weather may have had on some of our birds. The Beast from the East hit some of our smaller resident birds whilst strong desert winds hampered sprin...
Waders wane while geese gain
The work gives revised population estimates for 98 different species that winter in Great Britain, using data collected by many thousand birdwatchers to calculate either the average peak winter popula...
Making agri-environment schemes effective
BTO research is helping to shape the modern farmed landscape by informing agri-environment schemes.
Spotted Flycatcher Appeal
One of our most treasured songbirds, the Spotted Flycatcher, is disappearing. Once considered a common garden nesting species, the Spotted Flycatcher is now a bird that many people are willing to trav...
Land sparing and bird conservation
It has been argued, however, that wildlife-friendly farming might be more appropriate away from tropical deforestation ‘frontiers’. In the UK, for example, some species which depend on large areas of...
Promoting BTO science - walking the line
Can we move and inspire people with passionate, powerful communications without compromising our impartiality and scientific credentials?
Short-eared Owl tracking Appeal
The reasons underlying these changes have been a mystery. However, we are now in position to begin to understand them; with further research we will be able to work towards securing their future. T...
Open access atlases
The first breeding atlas – the first national bird atlas anywhere in the world - conducted during 1968–72, was described at the time as “a huge step forward in our knowledge of the distributions of Br...
Bird migration - a masterclass
Steve Portugal explains why and how birds undertake long and perilous migratory journeys.
Track our Cuckoos as they migrate
The Cuckoo Tracking Project has been revealing new discoveries about how British Cuckoos migrate, and the challenges they face. Follow and support this ground-breaking project.
Art and the written word increase engagement with migrant birds
Discover how art and the written word are increasing engagement with migrant birds and the challenges that they face
Record your sightings on the go with BirdTrack
Whether you record the birds in your local park or when you go birdwatching further afield you can add them to BirdTrack and see how your records develop over months and years. You can add casual reco...
Henrietta is part of the Terrestrial Ecology team, researching and analysing impacts of land-use on bird distributions and ecology.