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!

The State of UK's Birds report 2014 cover

The state of the UK's Birds 2014

The latest State of the UK’s birds report includes for the first time an indicator for summer migrants. This new indicator shows that where you spend the winter months counts; with many of those birds that fly as far as the humid zone of central Africa showing the most dramatic declines.

Current Cuckoo locations

Seventeen Cuckoos in six countries

All seventeen of the remaining Cuckoos are now south of the Sahara and are spread across six different countries. Twelve of them are now close to, or in, the localities in which they will spend the early part of the winter. The other five could move further south any day. Keep an eye on them all here.

House Martin appeal to fund national survey

Our new House Martin Appeal is raising funds to carry out the House Martin Survey to gather vital information to understand the reasons behind their decline and inform their conservation. Your gift will help us to establish a population estimate, providing a baseline against which future change can be measure, and understand more about breeding success and nesting preferences. Find out more or make a donation.

Pied Wagtail by Jill Pakenham

Identifying birds by call

With summer well and truly over, gone are the long days full of bird song which help to identify the singer.  Bird calls are just as distinctive and learning them can open up a whole new world during the autumn and winter months. 

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