About Nesting Neighbours
Why monitor nesting birds?
By asking people to monitor nests in their gardens and local area, we can build up a detailed picture of breeding success in these target habitats. This is needed to help understand why some species are increasing while others are declining, for example whether warmer weather and the provision of food can make a difference to the number of chicks that birds are able to raise.
How to get involved
As soon as you know about an active nest in a box or other site, you can begin telling us about its progress using the online recording forms. With a nest box, you can even begin recording before a nest appears and if the box doesn't end up getting used that will still be useful information on what is called 'occupancy rate'.
Find out more about Taking Part.
Where to get advice on putting boxes up
What's next for our waders?
Recent BTO work focuses on understanding the variation in Curlew and other UK wader populations so that we can help suggest actions to conserve them.
Our volunteers: the beating heart of BTO data
Head and Principal Ecologist, David Noble, shares why volunteer-collected data are so important for an organisation like BTO.