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!

Kentra, Highland by Andy Wilson

Can you help?

Can you help with surveying birds on our rocky shores this winter? We need volunteers for the Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey (NEWS) – just a single visit to a 2-km sector in either December or January is required. This will help improve our knowledge of distribution and population size of under-recorded species like Purple Sandpiper and Turnstone.

Woodpigeon by northeastwildlife.co.uk

Woodpigeons are go!

Bird migration is continuing apace, for some that is. The last few days have seen over 200,000 Woodpigeons heading west over one site on the south coast of Britain. Finches and thrushes are still moving on the east coast, and as predicted by the BTO migration blog Little Auks and wildfowl are on the move too.

Buy your Christmas Cards and 2016 Calendar and support BTO

BTO Christmas cards and calendars now available

Support our work by buying your Christmas cards, 2016 calendar and other Christmas gifts and supplies from our Christmas shop. Postage is £3.75 for orders up to the value of £20 and orders should be placed by 11 December to guarantee delivery before Christmas. Browse the designs and take a look at the 2016 BTO calendar
The BTO Annual Conference

Upcoming events

Autumn is a busy time of year in the birdwatchers' meetings calendar. In the coming weeks and months you can join BTO staff and volunteers at the Scottish Ornithological Clubs' Annual Conference in Pitlochry, the Welsh Ornithological Society's Annual meeting in Powys, our Northern Ireland's Birdwatchers' Conference, the South-east Ringers' Conference at Sandwich Bay, the Lincolnshire Bird Club Conference and of course, the BTO Annual Conference in Derbyshire. We'd love to see you at one of these meetings, visit our events pages to find out more. 

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