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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!

Award for inspiring others

Bat Survey wins award

The Norfolk Bat Survey led by the BTO, in partnership with other organisations, won the ‘Inspiring others’ award, given by the Norfolk Biodiversity in recognition of the huge number of ‘Citizen Scientists’ that have taken part in the project. Over 600 1-km squares have been surveyed since the survey began in 2013. 

Ringed Plover by Rob Robinson

BTO science investigates breeding wader populations in the Outer Hebrides

There have been big changes in the nationally important wader populations found breeding on machair habitat on the Uists in the last three decades, with some species declining while others have increased. New BTO research has investigated the possible factors driving these trends to inform wader management and conservation.

Dunlin by John Harding

BTO reports on plans for the Thames Estuary airport

BTO ecologists have recently reported on controversial proposals to build an airport on the Isle of Grain in the Thames Estuary. The study shows that this development would cause significant loss of coastal habitat within two areas that are protected under European law for their internationally important waterbird populations. Read our report on the effect of major estuarine developments on bird populations

Nuthatch by Chris Bradley

Work starts on 'Beyond the maps' research

BTO scientists have started working on two of the most pressing issues for our bird populations – climate change and upland bird declines – using Bird Atlas data and funds from our recent appeal. Read an update on the 'Beyond the maps' research. With over one-third of breeding species showing range contractions, there’s a pressing need to understand what’s driving changes and inform conservation efforts. Please support this work and make a donation.
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