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Looking out for birds? Share your interest in birds with others by being part of the British Trust for Ornithology. 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.

Disco Tony

The Cuckoos are off

The first of our tagged Cuckoos is on his way south. Disco Tony has left his breeding area in Wales and is currently in the New Forest, Hampshire, completing the first leg of his long journey south. During the last two weeks we have tagged a further eight Cuckoos and will launch these on our website in the next few days – You can follow all of them as their journeys unfold.

Goldfinches by Paul Newton

Want to attract Goldfinches? Sunflower hearts are the answer!

Between November 2015 and February 2016 an amazing 5,183 households across Britain and Ireland took part in our Goldfinch Feeding Survey to help determine what it is about our gardens that Goldfinches are attracted to. A preliminary analysis of the data shows that sunflower hearts were overwhelmingly the preferred option, with nyger seed coming second. Natural foods were also taken with teasel and thistle the favourites. Thank you to everyone who took part!

Spurn Migration Festival

Spurn Migration Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the fourth annual Spurn Migration Festival. As a partner of the event BTO will be there, come and meet us and take part in the walks and talks, experience a bird ringing demo at this top migration site, and see bird migration in action. Get your ticket for Spurn Migration Festival now.

Yellow Wagtail by Jill Pakenham

BirdTrack research appeal

Many summer migrants are declining and need our help, yet important knowledge gaps remain. Bridging those gaps is a fundamental aim of our BirdTrack research project. This will deliver new insights into bird population and distribution changes, habitat use, and migration patterns across a range of species in the UK and beyond. With your support, the BirdTrack research project can unlock the insights needed to answer some of the most pressing questions about our summer migrants.