Welcome to the BTO

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

Fair Isle, The Havens by Andy Mason

Ten year health check for UK's most important bird sites

The third review of the UK’s network of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) has been published today by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. This mammoth report of over 1,000 pages has been compiled over an eight-year period by a team led by David Stroud and colleagues on the UK SPA & Ramsar Scientific Working Group. The review would not have been possible without the data provided by BTO volunteers undertaking a wide range of surveys. 
Turtle Dove. Photograph by Tom Streeter

Make our science count

At the launch of the 2016 State of Nature Report, the Secretary of State for the Environment recognised Brexit as both a challenge and an opportunity. The Government’s priorities are transforming EU environmental legislation into strong protection for wildlife, and including better outcomes for wildlife in UK agri-environment support. 

Help ensure BTO work is at the heart of this decision-making process by donating to our appeal.

JWGBIRD by Niall Burton

International marine conservation comes to the Nunnery

Eighteen experts from across Europe (UK, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Poland) met over five days to discuss key marine conservation issues at our Nunnery HQ. This meeting was part of the Joint ICES-OSPAR-HELCOM Expert Group on Seabirds, concerned with seabird conservation in the North Atlantic and Baltic.
Bill the Cuckoo portrait

The One Show names Cuckoo after Bill Bailey

BBC's The One Show viewers watched recently as a delighted and slightly bemused Bill Bailey was presented with a framed photograph of his namesake Bill the Cuckoo live on BBC1. Named by the One Show in recognition of Bill Bailey’s love of birdwatching, Bill the Cuckoo has been fitted with a satellite tag so that scientists from the British Trust for Ornithology can follow his movements in almost real-time.