Welcome to the BTO

Looking out for birds? Share your interest in birds with others by being part of the BTO. Volunteer surveyors, members and staff work in partnership to provide unbiased information about birds and their habitats. Join or volunteer today and make birds count!

Lapwing by Jill Pakenham

State of Nature in Europe report

Data collected by BTO volunteers have been used in a landmark report, published on 20th May. The report, which describes the state of nature within the EU Member States, contains population and trend information on birds for the first time, drawing the UK component from the Breeding Bird Survey, the Wetland Bird Survey and Bird Atlas 2007-11 among others and highlighting the valuable contribution made by volunteer birdwatchers.

Warm weather boosts garden butterflies

All it takes is a few days of warm sunshine for butterfly numbers to rocket, and in April they did just that. The latest Garden BirdWatch results show fantastic new records for Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone. 

Skylark by Anne Cotton

New research to help farmland birds

Farmland bird declines are not a new issue but many species, such as Skylark and Lapwing, are still disappearing and others, such as Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting, are showing no sign of recovery. Despite conservation measures that have been implemented to halt their declines, our farmland birds continue to struggle. That’s why we’re launching a BTO Farmland Bird Appeal to fund the second generation of research to find new conservation solutions which deliver more for farmland birds.

Blue Tit by Tommy Holden

Take part in Nest Box Challenge

Now that the breeding season is in full swing, reports are flooding in to Nest Box Challenge. Nest boxes are an important part of wild bird conservation and monitoring them is a fun and significant way to contribute. By recording the progress of any nests you find and submitting counts of egg and chicks online you can help benefit national bird populations by helping conservationists to understand the impacts of climate change and urbanisation. Even empty nest boxes are worth recording.

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