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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!

BTO website maintenance - Wednesday 29th July

From 7am  to 9am on Wednesday 29th July the BTO website may be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance.

BTO survey data entry pages will still be available during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and endeavour to restore all services as soon as possible.

Hobby by David Kjaer

Southerners flourish

Data collected by BTO volunteers have contributed to a Natural England report, published today, that reveals large scale changes ahead. As temperatures rise with a changing climate, southerly distributed species are likely to thrive, while more northerly species feel the pinch. Read the report here

Stanley and two other Cuckoos have crossed the desert

Three Cuckoos south of the Sahara

By the 9 July all of our Satellite-tagged Cuckoos had left the UK. Now Hennah, Stanley and Dudley have not only made it to Africa, they have also completed their desert crossings and are south of the Sahara. You can view their current locations, and those of our other tagged-Cuckoos, on the maps and blogs.   

Esther Tyson by Mike Toms

Artists document our summer migrants

The last few weeks have seen SWLA artists out in the field with BTO ringers and nest recorders, working together to document our summer migrants for the BTO/SWLA Flight Lines project. Two of the artists, Esther Tyson and Harriet Mead, joined BTO staff Ian Henderson and Greg Conway to capture the work they have been doing on the Nightjars in Thetford Forest.

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