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!

National Nestbox Week Cedar Nestbox

National Nest Box Week offer

To support National Nest Box Week, we are giving away free Jacobi Jayne nest boxes with BTO membership. With one payment you could be helping our birds in three ways - by supporting our research, increasing the number of suitable nesting spaces for birds and by helping us monitor the breeding success of birds.  All whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your nest box! So join the BTO today and take an active role in our work.

Wren, by John Harding

Cold weather boost to garden bird numbers

Until recently, it looked like garden bird numbers were going to stay as low as they were during the winter of 2013/14. However, with large parts of the country now experiencing frosts and snow, preliminary Garden BirdWatch results show that our garden birds are moving back in.  

Spoon-billed Sandpiper by Martin J McGill

Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper

The BTO’s Nigel Clark, as part of an international team, has just spent the last week in the Bay of Martaban, Myanmar, looking for Spoon-billed Sandpipers. The team hoped to assess just how this enigmatic bird is responding to efforts to save it from extinction and hopefully learn more about its wintering area. Read more here.

Bullfinch by John Harding

Play the BTO Winter Raffle online and win a 2015 break

This year for the first time you can play the BTO Winter Raffle online. Not only will you be in with the chance to win some great prizes, you'll also be supporting our work to inform the conservation of birds and their habitats. Entry is just £1. Enter online here.  

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