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.

Greenfinch by Edmund Fellowes

Spring Raffle launches

Enter our Spring Raffle to support our work for Britain's birds and you'll be in with the chance of winning a fantastic guided birdwatching trip for two to western Spain with Extremadura Birding! There’s also a £750 cash prize and Ark Wildlife Vouchers to be spent on garden and wildlife products. You need to be over 16 years old and live in mainland Britain to enter. Tickets are £1 each and the closing date is 29 March. Additionally there’s five early bird prizes of £50 each to be drawn from those who enter by 28 February. Find out more and play online

Hedgehog by Sarah Kelman

The State of Britain's Hedgehogs 2018

The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018 has just been published! Thank you to all of you who record mammals in your garden for BTO Garden BirdWatch. The report uses our BTO Garden BirdWatch data in conjunction with other surveys, to help form a picture of how Hedgehogs are faring in the UK.
Guillemot by Edmund Fellowes/BTO

Spring migration begins

The weather might still be wintry and the temperatures low but for some of our birds, spring migration has begun. Fieldfares and Redwings are making their way east, auks are moving back north and wildfowl numbers are building on our inland and coastal wetlands, as they too begin the first leg of their migration. For more check out the latest BTO migration blog

Nuthatch by Edmund Fellowes/bto

NNBW 2018

Valentine’s Day will see the start of National Nest Box Week 2018, encouraging people across the UK to put up a nest box and provide a safe space for some of our hole-nesting birds. For more information on the different types of nest box, how to make them and where to put them, check out the BTO’s new guide to nest boxes, due out in March.