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!

Photo by David Tipling

Free Binoculars with BTO Membership while stocks last

Stuck for a Christmas Gift? Give BTO membership to inspire someone to start a new hobby or to learn more about our birds knowing they are helping to provide the evidence to keep our rich biodiversity. There's also our Garden BirdWatch gift packs, the magnificant Bird Atlas 2007–11 or our Cuckoo sponsorship gift packs.

BTO volunteers. Photograph by David Tipling

BTO volunteers contribute to Biodiversity Indicators

BTO volunteers and scientists have contributed to four high level Biodiversity Indicators covering time spent in conservation by volunteers, pressure from invasive non-native species, the status of threatened species, and the status of birds of the wider countryside and at sea.  Published on December 4, 2014, these are part of a suite of 25 indicators of conservation engagement, pressures and the state of nature updated annually by the government. Read more about the Biodiversity Indicators for 2014.

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.  

Willow Warbler by www.grayimages.co.uk

Summer returned in 2014, but our migrant birds didn't

The warm, settled weather that graced Britain & Ireland in the spring and summer of 2014 resulted in a bumper bird breeding season. Information collected by BTO volunteers shows that although not all of our summer migrants returned to take advantage of the conditions, those that did were generally successful in rearing the next generation. For more information see the NRS and CES results.

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