Urban landscapes are increasingly being recognised for their potential to support wildlife and bring people closer to nature. BTO is conducting research to:
- Describe the processes influencing urban biodiversity; and
- Better understand the value of urban biodiversity for human well-being.
This work provides a crucial evidence base for informing wildlife-friendly urban landscape planning and management across the UK.
What does the future hold for birds in urban spaces?
You can make a difference. Donate to our Urban Appeal today.
26 Years as a BBS Volunteer
As 2022's BBS approaches, volunteer John Gibson reflects on his journey into BTO and the 26 years of BBS at his local patch in Wigan which followed.
National Nest Box Week
Valentine's Day marks the start of National Nest Box Week. The first mention of Valentine's day as a romantic celebration was Chaucer's 14th Century poem The Parliament of Fowls, where he imagined it...
My Patch: A Lockdown Gift
One year on from the third national lockdown, BTO volunteer Harriet Day writes about discovering the joy of birding closer to home during times of restricted travel.
GPS tracking reveals landfill closures induce higher foraging effort and habitat switching in gulls
During the 20th century, gull populations across the globe increased rapidly in response to human activities, with the availability of waste food in landfill sites a key driver of their success....
Supplementary bird feeding – a conservation balance
Dr Kate Plummer and colleagues discuss the delicate conservation balance of providing additional food for birds.
Nocturnal thrushes affected by artificial light
New research from BTO has investigated the effect of artificial light at night on birds, indicating that nocturnal migrants are attracted to more brightly lit areas.
A global horizon scan of the future impacts of robotics and autonomous systems on urban ecosystems
The State of the UK's Birds 2020
Providing an annual overview of the status of the UK’s breeding and non-breeding bird species in the UK, this year’s report highlights the continuing poor fortunes of the UK’s woodland birds,...
The urban sprawl
BTO's Head and Principal Ecologist, Gavin Siriwardena, explains how the urban landscape is affecting our wild bird populations.
Blue Tits missing from gardens following heatwave
Garden BirdWatch has shown that some of our favourite garden species have been struggling this year, possibly due to the unusually warm spring.
Feed our finches
Autumn is the perfect time to clean and fill up your bird feeders ready for the cold months ahead - look out for Siskins and Bullfinches.
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED 17.01.2022).
Evaluating the potential for bird‐habitat models to support biodiversity‐friendly urban planning
Breeding bird communities within a parkland-woodland continuum: the distinctiveness of wood-pasture
Stop to watch for mental health
BTO has produced a downloadable podcast narrated by actor Martin Shaw, aimed at improving wellbeing through mindful birdwatching.
German Blue Tit disease identified
What is happening in the UK and how you can help us monitor wildlife disease.
What we can learn from 25 years of watching gardens
Exploring the value of a complete quarter-century of weekly garden bird observations from BTO's Garden BirdWatch covering the length and breadth of the country.
Join the Garden BirdWatch community from home
We're giving everyone free access to BTO Garden BirdWatch during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Disease in birds - a masterclass
Disease can have serious implications for our wild bird populations, as Wildife Vets from the Zoological Society of London explain.
The UK breeding population of Chaffinch has fallen by a quarter in just five years - we urgently need your help to understand why.
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...
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...
A Blue Tit diary
Hazel McCambridge walks through the diary of an average Blue Tit during the breeding season.
Using GIS-linked Bayesian Belief Networks as a tool for modelling urban biodiversity
This research demonstrates the feasibility of using a GIS-coupled Bayesian Belief Network approach to model biodiversity at fine spatial scales in complex landscapes.
Explore your garden this spring with Gardenwatch
Take part in this simple collaborative project between BTO and the BBC Springwatch team.