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.

BTO staff and supporters at a conference

Conferences and training courses

Our conferences provide a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of birds and to meet other like-minded people. In February we are holding a conference entitled "Above and beyond the Cornish coast" at the Penryn Campus of the University of Exeter. Join us during March in York for the Yorkshire BTO Conference or in Dunfermline for the Scottish Birdwatchers' Conference. Alternatively take a look at our extensive programme of training courses on bird identification and bird surveys. Visit our events page to find out more.

Wigeon By Jill Pakenham

Avian Influenza update

With a growing number of cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Britain & Ireland this winter, ringing can provide important contextual information concerning the movements of wild birds. However, ringing activities need to be carried out responsibly and precautionary ringing suspensions are introduced where official Surveillance Zones are declared around outbreaks. Find out more about our advice on avian influenza and our guidelines to ringers.
Screenshots from the BirdTrack app

Congratulations BirdTrack

We're proud to announce that the BirdTrack app has won the Birdwatch Product of the Year award, with the revitalised app coming top in a readers' poll! Through the new app you can now log sightings from anywhere in the world, live in the field, and add much more information about your visit and what you saw.Thanks to everyone who showed their appreciation of the new app by voting for it.

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Studies on seabirds and wind farms

New BTO research, published today, adds to our growing body of work on the interactions between offshore wind farms and seabirds. We have published several papers on this topic in recent years, the key findings of which are summarised in our new BTO Research Note.