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.
Butterflies bounce back
The summer of 2019 provided another welcome boost to butterfly populations, according to the latest results from the annual UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS).
BTO and COVID-19
The BTO view on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED- 24.3.2020).
Bats in urbanising landscapes: habitat selection and recommendations for a sustainable future
Urbanisation is amongst the most ecologically damaging changes in land use, posing significant threats to global biodiversity. Most bat species are threatened by urbanisation, although urban areas...
Animals of the Brecks: Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians
Breckland hosts a broad range of mammal, reptile and amphibian species which, because of their often secretive nature, can be difficult to track down without some local knowledge. This guide provides...
Tell us about the wildlife in your garden
Answer a quick series of simple questions to tell us more about the widlife in your garden for this partnership project with BBC Springwatch.
General licences and BTO
Andy Clements, BTO Chief Executive, sets out BTO’s position regarding the current debate about wildlife licensing.
Improving our understanding of the distribution and status of bats within the Ryevitalise Landscape Partnership Scheme area
Help learn how farmland birds fare in winter
This survey helped build a picture of how our winter birds fare on lowland farmland in England.
How birdwatchers can tell us about declining mammals
The UK’s mammals present particular challenges for monitoring; they live in a wide variety of habitats, vary enormously in size and can be very difficult to see, but as this paper shows,...
Cuckoos: England’s loss is Scotland’s gain
The Cuckoo is quickly declining from the English countryside, but this new study using BTO data shows that despite its decline in the south of the UK, it is increasing in the Scottish Highlands, the...
Take part in BBS - counting for conservation
The Breeding Bird Survey is the main scheme for monitoring the population changes of the UK’s common and widespread breeding birds.
Learn about the birds in your garden with Garden BirdWatch
Help with research into garden wildlife by joining our Garden BirdWatch network.
Record the bats in your local area
No knowledge of bats is required, simply borrow a detector from your local pick up point and put it out overnight to record any passing bats.
Continuing influences of introduced hedgehogs Erinaceus europaeus as a predator of wader (Charadrii) eggs four decades after their release on the Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Non-native predators can cause major declines or even localised extinctions in prey populations across the globe, especially on islands. The removal of non-native predators can, therefore, be a...
Stuart is a Senior Research Ecologist in the Population Modelling and Ecology Research Team where he is responsible for survey design and analysis of data from large national surveys of wild bird and mammal populations. Projects include a number of collaborations involving the large-scale analyses of bat and bird survey data with UK and overseas university academics and NGO researchers.