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Barn Owls

Nocturnal Animal Event postponed

Due to bad weather being forecast, we've decided to postpone the Thetford event on Saturday March 17  till next Saturday, March 24. To attend you will need to book free tickets again using the new event page.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and hope to see those that can attend next week.

Greenfinch by Jill Pakenham

Feed the birds? Scientists highlight risks of disease at garden bird feeders

A collaborative 25-year ZSL / BTO study stresses the importance of feeding while investigating evolving threats to wild birds. Read more to find out why wild birds are at risk of a number of serious diseases at our garden bird feeders.
Greenfinch by Jill Pakenham

BTO Spring raffle closes Good Friday

There's only a matter of weeks left to enter our Spring Raffle which closes on 29 March, the day before Good Friday. Tickets are just £1 each and will support our work looking out for Britain's birds. By taking part 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.

Peregrine by Andy Mason

Peregrines hit new heights

The latest population estimate, just published, shows that the breeding numbers of Peregrine Falcon in the UK have hit a historic high, with particularly large increases in England. The survey estimates the breeding population at 1,769 pairs, an increase of 22% since 2002. Read an overview of the latest findings.