BTO has a long history of working on migrants, from the first use of bird rings to look at the movements of birds. Our current work on long-distance migratory species covers two complementary approaches:
- the deployment of new tracking devices to understand the ecology, movements and non-breeding locations of individuals from breeding populations, many of which are declining
- analyses of long-term monitoring data, including from bespoke surveys, the Ringing and Nest Record Schemes, to identify drivers of population change
Migration Blog (2nd April - 8th April)
Birdtrack organiser Scott Mayson reveals what species have been on the move during the last week and what we can expect over the weekend and into next week.
Migration Blog (26th March - 1st April)
Birdtrack organiser Scott Mayson reveals what species are on the move over the coming week and how the weather could affect their migration.
BTO and COVID-19
The BTO view on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED- 24.3.2020).
Weak migratory connectivity, loop migration and multiple non‐breeding site use in British breeding Whinchats <i>Saxicola rubetra</i>
Volunteering at a Bird Observatory
Louis Driver shares his experiences of volunteering at Bardsey Bird Observatory, supported by the Young Bird Observatory Volunteer programme.
Migratory passerine birds in Britain carry Phytophthora ramorum inoculum on their feathers and "feet" at low frequency
Wind‐associated detours promote seasonal migratory connectivity in a flapping flying long‐distance avian migrant
Meet the Cuckoo class of 2019
There are still important questions to answer, so we have fitted four more Cuckoos with satellite tags this spring.
Our first Cuckoos are back
As part of our quest to improve our understanding of bird migration we have been satellite-tracking Cuckoos that breed here in the UK. This work has revealed the wintering grounds of UK Cuckoos in...
Bird migration - a masterclass
Steve Portugal explains why and how birds undertake long and perilous migratory journeys.
Updating information on the period of reproduction and prenuptial migration for UK and Irish species included on Annex II of the EU Birds Directive
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
Crossing barriers: does flexibility provide resilience in a changing world?
Migratory barriers, such as the Sahara Desert, are thought to present a challenge to small migrant birds like Whinchat, but how much do we really know about the strategies these birds use when...
Bird Ringing Scheme
Bird ringing generates information on the survival, productivity and movements of birds, helping us to understand why populations are changing.
Differential migration of chiffchaffs (Phylloscopus collybita and Phylloscopus ibericus) in Europe and Africa
Avian migration strategies may include intra-specific variations, also known as differential migration. These migratory adaptations between conspecifics are particularly important given their...
Flight Lines: Tracking the wonders of bird migration
By pairing artists, storytellers and photojournalists with the researchers and volunteers studying our summer migrants, we are able to tell the stories of our migrant birds, and the work being done...
Curlews and godwits - the vanishing tribe
Collaborative research led by the BTO investigates reasons for recent losses in curlews and godwits worldwide and identifies conservation measures which could be put in place to halt the declines.
Unravelling the mysteries of Nightjar migration
New research involving the BTO has revealed important information about the migration routes and wintering grounds of the Nightjar for the first time. Their main wintering area is now known to be...
Samantha works on a range of projects examining the affect of climate and habitat change on bird populations, with a particular focus on migrants and waders.
Chris is a Senior Research Ecologist in International Research Team where he works on the ecology and conservation of Afro-Palaearctic migratory birds and of forest birds across the world. Projects primarily focus of population changes, habitats and migration strategies of these species.
Cuckoo declines linked to different migration routes to Africa
When the BTO began ground-breaking Cuckoo tracking research in 2011, we had very little idea where these birds spent the winter or how they got there. Our latest research not only reveals this...