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!

Guillemot by Edmund Fellowes

Monitoring from the air

Aerial surveys that capture high quality photos are increasingly being used to monitor bird populations, but these images are not always good enough to make identification to species-level. A new study led by the BTO investigates how best to resolve this issue, using an example with seabirds.

Take a look at our range of gift items to give at Christmas

Your Christmas present problems solved

Looking for a special gift for someone who loves birds? We have several ideas. Why not join them up as BTO member with our BTO gift membership or give a Garden BirdWatch gift pack, both of which include regular magazines and a free joining gift. There's also the magnificant Bird Atlas 2007–11 which is packed full of information and, for those interested in migration, why not let them follow their own Cuckoo with a Cuckoo sponsorship gift pack.

Visit the BTO shop to buy Christmas cards

BTO Christmas Cards and 2015 Calendar

Our Christmas card range this year features traditional festive designs along with some seasonal artwork from Steve Cale. There's also our new 2015 BTO calendar which celebrates birds. It includes wonderful species photographs and helpful dates for those taking part in BTO surveys. View and buy these items in our shop
Woodpigeon by Jill Pakenham

Last chance to vote

The search is on to find Britain a national bird and the first round of voting ends this week. To get your favourite into the top six that will be put to a national vote in May 2015, and to find out more, please visit the Urban Birder.

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