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!

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.

House Martin by Dave Hutton

House Martin records and pictures

We’ve been delighted to receive so many letters and emails in response to the House Martin Appeal over the last few days and thank you to everyone who has generously donated so far. If you’ve got historical records of breeding House Martins, then you can make these available for future research by entering them into BirdTrack.  You can also add your photographs into the BirdTrack Flickr pool  – we’re particularly keen to receive photos of unusual nesting locations.

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.

Double your donation with Give As You Live

Online shopping can raise funds

If you shop online or are already searching for Christmas presents, don't forget that your purchases can raise money for BTO through Give As You Live. Sign up and over 3,600 retailers will donate a percentage of the sale to us at no extra cost to you. Sign up now and if you raise £5 by the 31st December Give As you Live will double your donation to us for free! Start shopping now and raise funds to look out for Britain's birds.

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