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.

Blue Tit by Liz Cutting/BTO

Twenty years of National Nest Box Week

February 14 marks the start of the 20th annual National Nestbox Week, organised by British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Putting up nestboxes during the week can provide a nesting site for our treasured garden birds, many of which are struggling after a very poor year in 2016.

Garden Birds and other wildife and Gardening for Birdwatchers

Special offer for garden watchers

Join Garden BirdWatch now and receive a free extra book to help make 2017 your wildlife gardening year. Understand and connect with your garden's rhythms and annual cycles, and contribute your sightings to our ongoing research on garden wildlife. The project is funded through an annual subscription of £17, and for a limited time only new joiners will receive two books free (RRP £25) as well as our quarterly Bird Table magazine.

Santa Robin launches the BTO Raffle

Take part in the BTO Winter Raffle

Take part in the BTO Winter Raffle 2016/17 and not only will you be supporting our work looking out for birds, you'll also be in with a chance of winning one of our fantastic prizes. This year these include a £1000 cash prize, a selection of nest boxes and £100 worth of bird food. Entry costs from just £1 and you can play online or take a look at the prizes and full term and conditions here. The deadline for entry is 1 March and winners will be drawn on 7 March.
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.