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.
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BTO and COVID-19
The BTO view on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED- 24.3.2020).
Opening a can of worms: Can the availability of soil invertebrates be indicated by birds?
We have very little information on how earthworm numbers and soil health have changed over recent decades. This new study enlisted the help of over 20,000 children from schools up and down the...
Integrating scientific and local knowledge to address conservation conflicts: Towards a practical framework based on lessons learned from a Scottish case study
The UK breeding population of Chaffinch has fallen by a quarter in just five years - we urgently need your help to understand why.
Quantifying the spatial risk of Avian Influenza introduction into British poultry by wild birds
Public preferences for multiple dimensions of bird biodiversity at the coast: insights for the cultural ecosystem services framework
Invasion of freshwater ecosystems is promoted by network connectivity to hotspots of human activity
Widening BTO's appeal
Andy Clements, BTO's Chief Executive, looks at how BTO can engage new audiences.
The British Patch
Luke Hawkins introduces us to his patch and explains why he loves patch birding.
Investigating wader breeding productivity in the East Cairngorms Moorland Partnership Area using collaborative methods
BTO's Young Leaders Course
The attendees of BTO's Young Leaders Course reflect on what they learned at Spurn.
Gen Z and the BTO
Amy Hall discusses how BTO can better provide opportunities for the next generation of ornithologists.
Assessing factors associated with changes in the numbers of birds visiting gardens in winter: Are predators partly to blame?
Garden birds: to feed or not to feed?
Almost half of the households in the UK feed their garden birds. But should we? Dr Kate Plummer explores the effects of feeding on bird populations.
Bird responses to housing development in intensively managed agricultural landscapes
Like in many countries, Britain faces the challenge of housing a growing population, but urban expansion to address this can lead to locally high rates of biodiversity loss, along with fragmentation...
Stories of rampaging 'seagulls' dominate column inches in the holiday season. Our BTO gull experts take a look at the facts behind the headlines.
A Blue Tit diary
Hazel McCambridge walks through the diary of an average Blue Tit during the breeding season.
Agri-environment effects on birds in Wales: Tir Gofal benefited woodland and hedgerow species
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
<p>Quantifying the importance of multi‐scale management and environmental variables on moorland bird abundance</p>
<p>Economic Analysis for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment: Synthesis and Scenario Valuation of Changes in Ecosystem Services</p>
Associations between gamebird releases and general predators
Pheasants and Red-legged Partridges for commercial shoots may be boosting numbers of the avian predators and scavengers.
Explore your garden this spring with Gardenwatch
Take part in this simple collaborative project between BTO and the BBC Springwatch team.
Is bird feeding changing Britain's garden bird communities?
Newly published research from BTO shows how the popular pastime of feeding the birds is significantly shaping garden bird communities in Britain.