The UK’s inland and coastal wetlands support internationally important populations of non-breeding waterbirds, originating from breeding grounds in this country to the high Arctic. Through the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) and Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey (NEWS), we monitor these populations, providing data that inform site protection, international obligations and research on the drivers of population change. This has encompassed studies of climate change and renewable energy schemes, habitat change, disturbance and the effect of introduced non-native species.
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED- 13.11.2020).
WeBS News - Issue 36
Read about why data received from WeBS counts are as important as ever, and WeBS' continued support to count waterbirds along the East Atlantic flyway.
BTO in Belarus: the Polesia project
Adham Ashton-Butt explains how BTO is involved in a cross-organisational project in Polesia, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe.
Restoring and protecting Polesia wilderness
BTO is participating in species research and monitoring that is underpinning a large-scale landscape restoration project in Belarus and Ukraine, aimed at protecting and restoring the wetland...
Do drones disturb wintering waterbirds?
Newly published research, carried out by staff at BTO Scotland, has investigated the response to wintering waterbirds to drones, and shown that they can be easily scared into flight by drone use.
Audit of local studies of breeding Curlew and other waders in Britain and Ireland
The Eurasian Curlew is widely considered to be one of the highest bird conservation priorities in the UK and Ireland. A number of other breeding waders have also showed marked declines during a...