Interactions between birds and people take many forms, and can be positive or negative. BTO has a good track record in delivering the impartial research needed in conflict situations to inform best management practice. There is also a growing demand to quantify the value of ‘nature’ for use in objective, economic decisions. BTO is working collaboratively to consider the wildlife benefits (and drawbacks) for different people.
Finding my place(ment): taking a break from a PhD
PhD student Fionnuala McCully reflects on her placement with the BTO Communications Team, and the benefits she experienced while stepping back from her studies.
Breeding waders in the Yorkshire Dales
Volunteer Annie Shadrake writes about her first year taking part in BTO surveys.
Announcing new Board members for BTO
We are delighted to welcome several new members to our Board, each of whom brings a unique set of skills and experience to our organisation.
Curlew collaboration to boost breeding success
Research from BTO and the University of East Anglia reveals how land management can support the breeding success of this declining species.
Proof of concept tool to predict avian influenza outbreaks
Data on the distribution, abundance and movements of wild birds are collected at a national scale within many European countries, thanks largely to the efforts of non-governmental organisations and...
A review to inform the assessment of the risk of collision and displacement in petrels and shearwaters from offshore wind developments in Scotland
'After Dark' at the Welsh Ornithological Society Annual Conference 2022
BTO, RSPB and WOS came together to deliver a series of talks in fields ranging from nocturnal migration and wader ringing to offshore windfarms and owl conservation.
Feel the 'Ripple' effect of BTO's engagement projects
Sorrel Lyall's journey from Youth Advisory Panelist to Ripple Project Officer takes an exciting turn in Northern Ireland.
Why we built the Youth in Nature Summit
BTO Youth discuss the environmental sector's failure to consistently engage with young people, and set out their goals for the first ever BTO Youth in Nature Summit.
Stars of ornithology shine at the Marsh Awards 2022
The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), in partnership with the Marsh Charitable Trust, recognises professional and amateur ornithologists who have made outstanding contributions to the field.
Long-term trends of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) show widespread contamination of a bird-eating predator, the Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) in Britain
Scientists from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, BTO and Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland examined the carcasses of 259 Sparrowhawks which died between 1995 and 2015. Using preserved...
The Making of Into the Red
When 140 artists and writers come together, united by a common goal: to raise funds for the UK's most vulnerable birds.
How BTO data are driving positive change for UK birds
Professor Juliet Vickery addresses the challenge of tackling conservation issues and how BTO data make a difference.
Urban and coastal breeding lesser black-backed gulls (Larus fuscus) segregate by foraging habitat
Not all career paths are paved equally
Why is BTO certified Disability Confident Committed? Jenna Woodford, BTO's Social Media Officer, reflects on their experience as an applicant and as an employee.
Tackling the challenge of avian influenza
Our Director of Science James Pearce-Higgins discusses highly pathogenic avian influenza and BTO's role in the response to the current outbreak.
Songbird migration across the Sahara
Mark Wilson, BTO Research Ecologist, reflects on his work tagging songbirds to collect data about their migration routes over the Sahara.
Providing the evidence for policy
BTO Cymru’s Rachel Taylor and Callum Macgregor reflect on working at the interface between science and policy for their research on Cormorant and Goosander populations in Wales.
Celebrating the first Scottish Bird Camp
The first weekend in June saw us co-hosting the first ever Scottish Bird Camp, held in partnership with the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC).
BTO Data Reports
Our reports provide rigorous scientific information to inform Environmental Impact Assessments in the UK.
Wild Rock Doves: solving a genetic enigma
BTO ringer and DPhil student Will Smith writes about his latest research into the distinctions between wild Rock Doves and the Feral Pigeon.
Avoiding tunnel vision during a PhD
Sophie Bennett reflects on her recent three month placement at the BTO and the value of taking a step back from a PhD.
Meet the Class of 2022
BTO scientists tagged seven Cuckoos to in June 2022, to further our understanding of Cuckoo migration and survival.
PJ the Cuckoo: his legacy lives on
Record-breaking Cuckoo PJ has died in his summer territory in King's Forest, but data from his tag continues to inform our research.
What have the Cuckoos taught us?
Prior to 2011, we knew very little about what the UK's breeding Cuckoos did once they left the UK for the winter months. Over a decade since the BTO Cuckoo Tracking Project was born, we reflect on...
Both sides of the camera
BTO Youth's Birding 101 events are part of a free training programme for young people, by young people. Lizzie, BTO Youth Representative and Birding 101 host, writes about their...
Bringing birds to Chelsea Flower Show
Our Garden BirdWatch team is attending Chelsea Flower Show this year, to celebrate the ways we can bring birds to our gardens.
Sustainability and citizen science: estimating the carbon footprint of the Breeding Bird Survey
BTO Data Scientist Simon Gillings explores the results of BTO's investigation into the carbon footprint of biodiversity monitoring.