We live in a time of accelerating technological development, which offers considerable new potential for monitoring and research. To make the most of these opportunities, through collaboration, BTO is involved in:
- The development and testing of new animal tracking technology
- The development of new approaches to use passive sound recording for biodiversity monitoring of a range of taxa from bats to bush crickets
- The development of new mobile and web-based applications to support citizen science, as well as integrating potential changes with the heritage of our long-term archives
Meet the Cuckoo class of 2019
Thanks to the BTO's Cuckoo Tracking Project we are learning more about Cuckoo migration. There are still important questions to answer, so we have fitted four more Cuckoos with satellite tags...
Using GIS-linked Bayesian Belief Networks as a tool for modelling urban biodiversity
Complex heterogeneous environments such as cities pose particular challenges, as well as heightened relevance, given the increasing rate of urbanisation globally. Here we use a GIS-linked Bayesian...
Spotted Flycatcher Appeal
One of our most treasured songbirds, the Spotted Flycatcher, is disappearing. Once considered a common garden nesting species, the Spotted Flycatcher is now a bird that many people are willing to...
Short-eared Owl tracking Appeal
The reasons underlying these changes have been a mystery. However, we are now in position to begin to understand them; with further research we will be able to work towards securing their future....
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.
Assessing habitat use of Herring Gulls in the Morecambe Bay SPA using GPS tracking devices
Number of coastal Herring Gull populations have reduced markedly in recent years. The breeding gull colony of the South Walney and Piel Channel Flats Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI),...
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.
Record your sightings on the go with BirdTrack
Whether you record the birds in your local park or when you go birdwatching further afield you can add them to BirdTrack and see how your records develop over months and years. You can add casual...
Assessing behaviour of Lesser Black-backed Gulls from the Ribble and Alt Estuaries SPA using GPS tracking devices
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.
GPS tracks and cutting edge stats shed new light on seabird flight heights
Offshore wind farms are now operating or under construction in many locations, but while spinning turbine blades are crucial for generating renewable energy, they also represent a potential threat...
Results from the first GPS tracking of roof-nesting Herring Gulls Larus argentatus in the UK
Contrasting effects of GPS device and harness attachment on adult survival of Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus and Great Skuas Stercorarius skua
A novel citizen science approach for large-scale standardised monitoring of bat activity and distribution, evaluated in eastern England
High flying birds at greater risk of collision with offshore wind turbines
In a project funded by The Crown Estate via the Strategic Ornithological Support Services (SOSS) work programme, BTO scientists examined the importance of flight heights in determining the risk posed...