Whilst a number of core BTO surveys encourage volunteers to capture data on non-avian taxa, recent field projects have also sampled other groups, often integrated with surveys of birds, to provide a greater understanding of the environment. This has included research on urban moth, butterfly and bat populations, fieldwork on the abundance of many different taxa on farmland, the development of passive sound-recording to monitor bats, bush crickest, birds and small mammals, and a wide range of research studies looking across taxa at a variety of issues, from climate change to conservation effectiveness.
Unlocking the secrets of European bats
Discover the groundbreaking work of our bat acoustics specialist, Stuart Newson, as he unveils his cutting-edge research on bat social calls and feeding buzzes.
Distance functions of carabids in crop fields depend on functional traits, crop type and adjacent habitat: a synthesis
Using butterfly survey data to model habitat associations in urban developments
This study used data from 160 urban sites in England, collected by volunteers taking part in the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey, in which BTO is a partner. Butterflies were chosen as the species...
Butterflies find safe haven in UK gardens
Data from 7,971 gardens between 2007 and 2020 have been used to produce garden-specific abundance trends for 22 widespread butterfly species.
New study identifies long-term decline in earthworms
What could be a previously undetected biodiversity decline potentially represents a significant conservation and economic issue in the UK.
The State of the UK’s Butterflies 2022
BTO joins Butterfly Conservation and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to report on long-term trends in abundance and distribution.
Are the declines of birds and invertebrates linked by climate change?
Many of the detected effects of climate change on biodiversity have occurred through impacts on food chains. We know that many birds are insectivorous during the breeding season, and various studies...
Diversity, fragmentation and connectivity in the UK amphibian and reptile data landscape
This paper sets out to fill this knowledge gap for UK reptiles and amphibians, identifying existing sources of biodiversity data for these taxa and then characterising the nature of the data...
BTO goes batty
How our Acoustic Pipeline project is contributing to bat conservation in some of Europe’s most threatened landscapes.
Little evidence to indicate consistent, community-level effects of Badger removal on the populations of ground-nesting birds
Dragons and damsels
You can submit your dragonfly and damselfly sightings to BTO via BirdTrack or Garden BirdWatch. Find out why these records are so important in Rob Jaques' blog.
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.
More than birds: a butterfly story
Steve Oates, a BBS volunteer, writes about his journey into butterfly conservation.
A just transition to renewable energy
BTO's Aonghais Cook discusses the challenges associated with an environmentally sensitive, socially just transition to global renewable power.
The potential for analyses of monitoring scheme data to inform about the impacts of invasive on native species
Human activity can help as well as hinder UK butterflies
View the 2021 results from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
Rapid adaptive modelling for policy support towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals: Brexit and the livestock sector in Wales
Designing effective survey and sampling protocols for passive acoustic monitoring as part of the national bat monitoring
New taxa added to BirdTrack
You can now record butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, and orchids in BirdTrack
Help us monitor Mountain Hares in the Scottish uplands with our new survey
Do you spend time in the Scottish uplands? Help us with a new project monitoring Mountain Hares.
Irregular silviculture positively influences multiple bat species in a lowland temperate broadleaf woodland
The study was carried out on the Rushmore Estate on Cranborne Chase in southern England and forms part of a wider biodiversity project overseen by Andy Poore, Forest Manager, Rushmore Estate and...
Identifying small mammals from their high-pitched squeaks
Research published in British Wildlife by a team led by the BTO provides new possibilities for sound identification to be used as a non-invasive survey method.
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED 17.01.2022).
Do surveys of adult dragonflies and damselflies yield repeatable data? Variation in monthly counts of abundance and species richness
The BTO Acoustic Pipeline brings cutting-edge sound identification of bats and other nocturnal wildlife to your desktop.