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!

Barn Owl by Neil Calbrade

Bumper year for Barn Owl

Reports coming in to the BTO suggest that 2014 may turn out to be the best Barn Owl breeding season since 2007. Whilst we have not yet had all of the ringing data, the totals are already up on last year. In 2013, only 20 Barn Owls were ringed in May and 183 in June. This year to date, we have received the details of 428 Barn Owls ringed in May and 1,814 in June! Read more.

Birds, people and places

Birds, people and places is the subject of our Annual Conference and AGM taking place from the 5-7 December at the Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire. Talks will include birds in an urbanising world, an insight into the fight against wildlife crime, renewable energy and its impact on birds and best-selling author Helen MacDonald will examine our long and strange relationship with hawks. Find out more and book your place here.

House Martin appeal to fund national survey

Our new House Martin Appeal is raising funds to carry out the House Martin Survey to gather vital information to understand the reasons behind their decline and inform their conservation. Your gift will help us to establish a population estimate, providing a baseline against which future change can be measure, and understand more about breeding success and nesting preferences. Find out more or make a donation.

Red Admiral by John Harding

Red Admiral resurgence in gardens

Earlier this year, Garden BirdWatch reported that butterflies were showing dramatic patterns of emergence, promising another successful year. Most common garden butterfly species did appear in high numbers, but this year's winner was definitely the Red Admiral.

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