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.

Greater Spotted Eagle. Photograph by Alexander Pekach (APB-Birdlife Belarus)

Movetech takes next steps in tracking

New technology continues to give us a better understanding of the movements and behaviours of a wide range of species, helping us inform science and conservation. BTO has now produced our own GPS tracking devices, which use the mobile phone network, as part of the Movetech Telemetry partnership. These are now available to the wider research community. Find out more about some of the exciting new stories we are discovering.
Breeding Bird Survey Report

Breeding Bird Survey Report 2016

The latest BBS Report is a bit of a roller coaster ride. In the UK as a whole some of our woodland birds are having a bit of a rough ride; Willow Tit down by 80% and Wood Warbler by 57%, whilst others are reaching dizzying heights; Nuthatch up by 90% and Chiffchaff by 109%. Read more in the full 2016 BBS report.

Cuckoo by Colin Brown/BTO

Four Cuckoos cross the desert

Samson, Victor, PJ and Selborne have all successfully crossed the Sahara Desert, whilst Peckham is still in East Anglia. Follow our satellite tagged Cuckoos as they make their incredible journeys to the Congo rainforest during the next few weeks.

Spurn Migration Festival

Migfest 2017

Celebrating the natural spectacle that is bird migration, the Spurn Migration Festival 2017 will take place 8–10 September and once again BTO will be there.  Don’t miss Professor Ian Newton talking about migration, the various walks and workshops, and migration in action. Tickets for the event are on sale and selling fast, get yours here.