Join the British Trust for Ornithology today

Cuckoo. Photograph by Edmund Fellowes

Join by Direct Debit, and start supporting the work of the BTO today

  • Individual Membership
  • £2.83 a month

  • £34 a year
  • Add Ringing & Migration Journal for £1.04 a month
    (£12.50 a year)
  • Concessions available
  • Joint Membership
  • £3.67 a month

  • £44 a year
  • Add Ringing & Migration Journal for £1.04 a month
    (£12.50 a year)
  • Concessions available
  • Fellow Membership
  • £4.67 a month

  • £56 a year
  • Includes 'Bird Study' Journal subscription
    (published quarterly)
  • Concessions available

Join the BTO todayby Direct Debit

.Why become a member of the BTO?

Join the BTO and receive Collins BTO Guide to British Birds

Membership Gift - New - Collins BTO Guide to British Birds

The urgency of our work is growing. With more pressure on our wildlife than ever, knowing where and how biodiversity is being impacted becomes increasingly important.

At a time when government funding is being cut, income from individuals is crucial to us. The membership fees we receive give us the freedom to do the work that matters most - and to communicate our findings more widely.

With your support we can learn more about our birds and how we can live in harmony with our wildlife.

As a member you will receive -

  • A member's pack to welcome you into our community
  • A subscription to BTO News magazine, including Volunteer and Annual review issues
  • 20% discount on BTO training courses to improve your identification, fieldcraft and survey skills and enrich your birdwatching
  • Monthly e-newsletter with latest news, features and offers
  • Free gift - the first edition of this brilliant new photographic guide, co-authored by BTO's Paul Stancliffe (due late May)

Learn more about the Collins BTO Guide to British Birds.

.Give BTO membership as a gift

BTO Member's Welcome pack

A BTO gift membership is a great way of supporting the work of the BTO whilst providing a unique and special present for your friends or family. Gift memberships include a full welcome pack complete with a year’s subscription to our fantastic members’ magazine BTO News.

GIft memberships also receive all of the following benefits as well -

  • 20% discount on BTO training courses to improve your identification, fieldcraft and survey skills and enrich your birdwatching
  • Monthly e-newsletter with latest news, features and offers
  • Free gift - the first edition of this brilliant new photographic guide, co-authored by BTO's Paul Stancliffe (due late May)

Learn more about the Collins BTO Guide to British Birds.

Buy a Gift Membershipby Credit / Debit card

.Increase your support with BTO Life Membership

BTO President,Chris Packham

"Join me in supporting the BTO today
- for life"
- Chris Packham, BTO President.

An increasing number of our members demonstrate their commitment to our work by investing in 'Life' membership for themselves and their family members too.

It costs £850 per person to be a constant member for your lifetime. It ensures you do not have to ever renew, and is an extremely cost efficient way to support us.

Most importantly, this commitment allows us to put all of your membership towards good work, now.

Become a life member pay by Credit / Debit card

.Other ways to join

.BTO Membership magazines

All members receive

BTO News and Annual Review covers

BTO News, Volunteer magazine and the Annual Review


BTO members recieve four issues of BTO News and an issue each of Volunteer magazine and the Annual Review every year.

More information on BTO News, Volunteer and the Annual review.

Fellow Members receive

Bird Study journal

Bird Study journal

Bird Study is vital reading if you are interested in field ornithology - especially related to evidence-based bird conservation.

More imformation on Bird Study Journal.

Add for £12.50 a year

RInging & Migration journal

Ringing & Migration

Ringing & Migration is the journal of the BTO ringing scheme.  It is published twice a year and includes the annual report on bird ringing in Britain & Ireland for the preceding year.

More information on Ringing & Migration journal.

What BTO members say

  • Tom Cadwallender, BTO member and volunteer

    "Birds are important to us, and we've had so much pleasure from watching them, it's good to give something back. Besides, bird surveys really are great fun!"

    Tom Cadwallender

  • Alex Rhodes, BTO member and volunteer

    "The BTO community has provided me the best opportunity to engage with, be inspired by and receive mentoring from a strong network of scientists and fellow young birders alike."

    Alex Rhodes

  • Elizabeth Cook, BTO member and volunteer

    "I find the BTO News and the emails I receive helpful and inspiring - well worth the annual subscription. Anyone who is serious about their birdwatching would benefit by being a member of this outstanding organisation."

    Elizabeth Cook