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!

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.

Common Pipistrelle by Amy Lewis

BTO and bats in Norfolk

New BTO research, published in the international journal Biological Conservation, describes how the Norfolk Bat Survey has harnessed the efforts of East Anglia’s citizen scientists to map bat distributions and activity on an unprecedented scale. The Survey has now generated one of the most extensive high-quality datasets for bats from anywhere in the world. Read more here.

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