Project Owl

Following on from the very successful BTO Owl Appeal this year will be the start of our Project Owl research. With new surveys starting from autumn 2018, we need your help to learn more about our nation’s fascinating but often mysterious owl species.

Happening Now

The Tawny Owl Point Survey

Running from mid-August to mid-October we'll be running a national structured survey on Tawny Owls. Following on from comparable national surveys carried in 1989 and 2005 we'll use this survey to examine long-term population and occupancy trends. Check out the Tawny Owl Point Survey information pages now to learn more about the survey and sign up.

Coming Soon

The Tawny Owl Calling Survey

Then starting at the end of September and running until the end of March we have the Tawny Owl Calling Survey. This is a weekly 20 minute survey that can be carried out from the comfort of your own home or pretty much anywhere else you can visit multiple times.

Project Owl Resources

Over the course of Project Owl, we intend to grow a set of freely available resources about our owls, ranging from species fact sheets and audio recordings to help you learn owl calls, to proven owl nest box designs and advice on where to put them. We anticipate uploading the first set of resources to our website shortly.

Further Project Owl Research

We are developing plans for our other Owl species too with a dedicated tracking study on Short-eared Owls, a possible survey method of our elusive Long-eared Owls and building up our volunteer demographic networks and knowledge about Barn Owl, Little Owl and Tawny Owl. Check out general plans for Project Owl here for more exciting research that we hope you can help us carry out over the next few years.

How you can help

Donating to our Owl appeal will greatly help us in organising this body of research.

You can also take part in the Project Owl surveys starting this Autumn which are suited to both expert and novice birders alike.

Keep an eye our e-Newsletter, BTO News members magazine, website, social media and birdwatching magazines out for additional opportunities in the future to volunteer with and learn about our future research plans as they develop. We will work with ringers and nest recorders through the channels we have already established.