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!

BBS Report 2014 - Meadow Pipit by Tony Hawkins

BBS results - some respite for Britain's Birds

Some stay, some go, but 2013 to 2014 was a good year for many of the UK’s birds. The latest results from the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) brought some short-term, positive news for a suite of both migratory and resident species against a backdrop of long-term declines for many, long-distance migrants in particular. The BBS Report 2014 reveals the latest short and long-term trends for 110 species, focuses on increasing coverage in the uplands and takes a look at recording how birds were first detected during the 2014 surveys.

A huge thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who contributed to the survey in 2014. 

Viator is yet to complete his desert crossing

Five Cuckoos in Africa

Five of our satellite-tagged Cuckoos are now in Africa, with four having completed one of their trickiest challenges, the crossing of the Sahara desert. Viator is yet to finish and last transmitted a location from Sudan, having taken a more easterly route than the others. Take a look at all the current locations and support the project with a donation or cuckoo sponsorship here.

Hobby by David Kjaer

Southerners flourish

Data collected by BTO volunteers have contributed to a Natural England report, published today, that reveals large scale changes ahead. As temperatures rise with a changing climate, southerly distributed species are likely to thrive, while more northerly species feel the pinch. Read the report here

Esther Tyson by Mike Toms

Artists document our summer migrants

The last few weeks have seen SWLA artists out in the field with BTO ringers and nest recorders, working together to document our summer migrants for the BTO/SWLA Flight Lines project. Two of the artists, Esther Tyson and Harriet Mead, joined BTO staff Ian Henderson and Greg Conway to capture the work they have been doing on the Nightjars in Thetford Forest.

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