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!

GBW results pages

New Garden BirdWatch interactive results pages

An astounding amount of data has been collected by thousands of volunteer BTO Garden BirdWatchers over the last twenty years but until recently only a fraction of it was available online. Now, thanks to recent developments in technology, we have been able to make more of it available in an interactive way on our results pages allowing the public to find out in greater detail how gardens are used by birds and other wildlife

Bird Photographer of the Year last chance

Last chance to take advantage of the early bird discount.  'Bird Photographer of the Year', is a new international photography competition that aims to celebrate the artistry of bird photography and aid  conservation by  supporting  the valuable work carried out by the BTO. Submit your entry by 30th September to qualify for the 30% early bird discounted entry fee. 

Blackcap. Photograph by Liz Cutting

Is garden bird feeding driving evolutionary change in Blackcaps?

New research using data from Garden BirdWatch volunteers has revealed that bird food provided in British gardens has helped Blackcaps to rapidly evolve a successful new migration route. This is the first time that garden bird feeding has been shown to affect large-scale bird distributions.

Red-throated Diver, photograph by Edmund Fellowes

2014 Ringing & Nest Recording Report

The 2014 Online Ringing and Nest Recording Report has now been published, featuring fully updated ringing and longevity records, country and county totals from the Nest Record Scheme and information on the timing of breeding and moult. New records for 2014 include a 27 year-old Red-throated Diver and a Guillemot reported alive almost 36 years after being ringed.

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