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.
Bats in urbanising landscapes: habitat selection and recommendations for a sustainable future
A Blue Tit diary
Hazel McCambridge walks through the diary of an average Blue Tit during the breeding season.
Explore your garden this spring with Gardenwatch
Take part in this simple collaborative project between BTO and the BBC Springwatch team.
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.
Robert began working at BTO in 2018 on Garden BirdWatch, where he now edits Bird Table magazine and manages the GBW ambassador program as part of his responsibilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.