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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.

Whinchat by Edmund Fellowes

Jenni's coastal challenge

BTO's Jenni Border has successfully finished the final part of her autumn running challenge to raise money for Whinchats. Having completed the Norfolk coastal marathon, and then the other 20 miles of the Norfolk coastal path the next day, she has so far raised £893.62 of her £1000 target!  A big thank you to everyone who has supported her and a big well done to Jenni!  
Marsh Ornithology Award winners

Dilys Breese and Marsh Awards 2017

The Dilys Breese Medal and the Marsh Awards for ornithology were given to the 2017 recipients at the BTO awards ceremony held at the Society of Wildlife Artists Mall Gallery. Six awards were given, ranging from an award for achievements in international ornithology to one for excellence in science communication. 
Unity lottery

Support BTO in the weekly lottery

A weekly lottery with a difference! In our new Unity lottery, for every £1 you play, 50p will go straight to our work so the more people that play, the more money we receive. The draw takes place each Saturday and each entry costs just £1 per week. Each time you have the chance to win a £25,000 jackpot, plus other fantastic cash prizes, and at the same time, you're helping to raise funds for our work looking out for birds.
Tree Sparrow by Ron Marshall

Online Ringing and nest recording

The latest ringing and Nest Recording figures are out and show that during 2016 over one million birds were ringed. While Blue Tit was the most ringed species, Goldfinch made number two with 55,754 individuals ringed. Seventeen new longevity records were set, 46,272 nest records were received, and Tree Sparrow was in the top five species for nest record monitoring. Take a look at the report online here.