Welcome to the BTO

Looking out for birds? Share your interest in birds with others by being part of the British Trust for Ornithology (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.

Tawny Owl by Howard Stockdale

Take part in the Tawny Owl Calling Survey

The Tawny Owl Calling Survey launches on Friday 28th September 2018. It's really easy to contribute to the survey and we want as many people as possible to take part. We think our Tawny Owl population is in decline. The species has been moved to the Amber List of Birds of Conservation Concern - but we need better data. By taking part you'll help to increase our understanding of Tawny Owl calling behaviour and distribution.

Take part in the
Tawny Owl Calling Survey

BPOTY 2018 winner, Black Friday, by Pedro Jarque Krebs

Bird Photographer of the Year 2018 winners announced

The announcement of the winning images in Bird Photographer of the Year underlines the many ways that birds can inspire us. Thanks to the competition organisers, this year's competition has also raised funds for BTO that will help us to deliver a world that is inspired by birds and informed by science. See here for more
Wryneck by Jill Pakenham

The first weekend of the autumn is looking good

High pressure will be over Scandinavia for at least the next day or two, which will bring a hint of easterly airflow towards Britain and, any birds tempted by the good conditions to the north east of us might find themselves over the North Sea and heading towards our shores. Check out the latest BTO migration blog.

New Scientist Live

BTO at New Scientist Live

Join us between September 20 and 23 at New Scientist Live at Excel in London. This amazing event, dubbed "The world's greatest science festival" has something for everyone, from naked mole rats to record-breaking cars. There will be fascinating talks by a wide range of scientists and presenters alongside a host of exhibitors offering brilliant interactive activities. We'll be there and we hope to see some of you there too.