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.
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
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...
Explore your garden this spring with Gardenwatch
Together, the UK’s gardens cover a larger area than all National Nature Reserves combined and arguably form our most important nature reserve. As towns and city become more densely populated and...
Is bird feeding changing Britain's garden bird communities?
The study’s authors extracted information from advertising in the RSPB’s Birds magazine over a 40 year period to show how the number and variety of bird food products has risen during this time....
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.
North Wales Urban Gull Survey
Participate in a one-off survey of urban Gulls in North Wales this spring.
Watch what your garden birds eat to provide additional insights
The Garden Bird Feeding Survey (GBFS) has charted the use of food supplements by birds in gardens for over 40 years. The network of householders that participate in the survey extends across the UK.
Garden BirdWatchers allow us to better understand disease in British finches
Leg lesions, more commonly known as ‘scaly leg’ or ‘tassel foot’ are growths on the legs of feet of finches. A study from the Zoological Society of London in collaboration with BTO, the Complutense...
Hugh is a Research Ecologist in the Terrestrial Ecology team working primarily on urban birds and long term agri-environment scheme research projects. In addition Hugh also works with the Survey and Monitoring teams as the Coordinator for Project Owl and is the National Organiser for all associated surveys.
Monitor birds nesting in your garden
Make a record of the activities of nesting birds in your garden, from nest building through to the chicks fledging.
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. The survey involves two early-morning spring visits ...
Learn about the birds in your garden with Garden BirdWatch
Help track the changing fortunes of our garden birds alongside 12,000 other Garden BirdWatchers.
Report on the welfare of your garden wildlife
Tell us about sick and diseased wildlife found in your garden. Garden BirdWatch participants can also add observations when entering their usual GBW counts.
Urban Breeding Gull Surveys: A Survey Design Simulation
Includes annex: Results for Northwest England. To support delivery of the latest census of the breeding seabird population of Britain and Ireland, a previous Natural England commissioned report (...
Ian supports the Ecologists within BTO who are undertaking research into bird populations and ecology.
Carl is a member of the Nest Records Office, under Dr. Dave Leech, and he administers both the Nest Records Scheme and the Barn Owl Monitoring Project
Kate's principal role is to conduct research into avian responses to environmental change, particularly urbanisation. Kate uses BTO’s large-scale citizen science datasets and novel field surveys to address important questions about urban wildlife.
Kate is currently undertaking a one-year fellowship, investigating the role of garden bird feeding in shaping British bird communities.
Gardening for Birdwatchers
The book starts by examining the different ways in which birds use gardens, identifying elements within the garden that can be used to attract birds (and other wildlife). It then gets to grips with...
BTO reports on plans for the Thames Estuary airport
The study shows that this development would cause significant loss of coastal habitat within two areas that are protected under European law for their internationally important waterbird populations...