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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!

Pintail by Jill Pakenham

Wading birds feeling the strain on UK estuaries

The UK’s winter populations of Ringed Plover and Pintail are falling, but Avocet and Gadwall are on the up. Waterbirds in the UK 2012/13, the new report of the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) details the status of these and other waterbirds through an interactive online report.  Along with a paper report summarising results and related research, Waterbirds in the UK 2012/13 has all the information you need about wintering waders, ducks, geese, swans and gulls in the UK, as well as the wetlands used by them.  A big thank you to our dedicated WeBS volunteers, all of whom make this key resource possible.

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

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