Donate to the British Trust for Ornithology

Each year we need to raise thousands of pounds to fund our research and monitoring of Britain's bird populations. The data obtained from our work provides crucial evidence for the conservation of bird species and habitats.

Help us fund our current priority

Kittiwake. Richard Jackson

Our lost seabirds – help us secure their futures

We’re developing skilled volunteers to collect the data we need to inform scientific research and policy decisions. Without your support our seabirds could be lost forever.

Make a general donation

Let us decide how to make the most of your donation, by allowing us to put it to use wherever it is most needed.

Set up a regular monthly donation by Direct Debit

You can set up a regular monthly Direct Debit payment to us online. Regular donations really help us to plan our work in the future. It's fast, easy and secure and you can cancel at any time.

Make a single donation online today

Make a single donation online today using our secure payment system.

Common Snipe. Niko Pekonen
Snipe. Niko Pekonen

Other ways to donate

Make a donation through Paypal

Pay by card over the phone

You can also choose to make a card payment over the phone by calling our headquarters on 01842 750050.

Send a cheque

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Or you can send a cheque made payable to the 'British Trust for Ornithology' to The Fundraising Team, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU

Please note: In response to the ongoing pandemic we have changed the ways in which we work. This means that processing and responding to donations and correspondence sent to us by post is taking longer than usual. If you have an urgent enquiry, please email Thank you for your patience and your kind support, which is of particular importance during these challenging times.

Don't forget to Gift Aid your donation if you are a tax payer - just fill out a declaration form and send it back to us. We can then reclaim 25p out of every pound from the government. Download a copy of our Gift Aid declaration form - Gift Aid declaration form


Despite the virus, our science isn't stopping. Over the past few months, we have still been able to monitor the birds in our gardens, analyse and model the data we have, share our research with our growing online communities and more. We are still working hard to ensure that the BTO community continues to be supported and that our staff are able to carry out their work safely during this difficult time. If this pandemic has taught us nothing else, it has shown how important scientific research is, and the need to further our understanding of the natural world.

As you can imagine, we have had to quickly adapt to the challenges we face in the post COVID-19 world. Although many of our events have been cancelled and other plans have been scaled back or postponed, we have had to be creative and find new ways to continue the science. We have adjusted our plans so that more people can discover the joy of birds by making our Garden BirdWatch scheme free; we have substantially increased our virtual Bird ID training sessions and we are working closely with our Youth Advisory Panel to ensure that our vital work continues for generations to come.

If you are interested in finding out more and getting involved, you can do this in a number of ways - you can join GBW-free; become a member or make a donation. We are extremely grateful for any donation you make, no matter how large or small - every penny makes a difference.

Thank you for your support.

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