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!

Dotterel by Peter M Wilson

Latest Scottish Breeding Bird Indicator

Woodland bird numbers have increased in Scotland over the past two decades, compared to farmland and upland birds. Farmland birds show an increase until about 2008 but have declined since. Upland birds (17 species) show a steady decline.

Wren by John Harding

Garden bird highs and lows

So far the unusual weather of 2014 has clearly driven unexpected highs and lows in garden bird numbers. The latest Garden BirdWatch (GBW) results show that this autumn continued to produce surprises, prompting the question: what will happen this winter? With Christmas approaching, why not grab a front row seat for a loved one with the GBW gift pack, so that they can help us find out?

House Sparrow by John Harding

Sparrows and Reed Bunting

A new identification video. Identifying the sparrows that visit our gardens may not always be an easy task. Here we look at the features that will help identify them with confidence, and separate them from the surprisingly similar winter plumaged Reed Bunting.

Don't miss the BTO Conference!

Birds, people and places is the subject of our Annual Conference and AGM taking place from the 5-7 December at the Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire. We've got a fantastic line up of speakers including the recently announced Samuel Johnson prize-winning author Helen J MacDonald. Don't miss out, book your place today.

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