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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!

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.
Cuckoo by Edmund Fellowes

Only one Cuckoo left

Derek is the only satellite-tagged Cuckoo left in the UK. He is still frequenting his favourite haunts in the Norfolk Broads. However, the other 21 tagged birds are spread across 13 different countries, with four of them on the southern edge of the Sahara desert. Catch-up with them here.

Swift by Mike Toms

Migration begins again

Return migration stepped up a gear this week as waders began arriving in earnest and Swifts reached four-figure numbers at some migration watchpoints. To find out more about bird migration visit the BTO migration blog

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