Welcome to the BTO

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

Cuckoo by Edmund Fellowes

Selborne is back

The first of our satellite tagged Cuckoos has successfully made it back to the UK. Tagged in the New Forest in the spring of 2016, Selborne arrived back there there this weekend. PJ is not far behind in Brittany and could be back any day.
Greenfinch by Edmund Fellowes

Spring Raffle winning numbers

The winning ticket numbers have now been drawn for the Spring Raffle 2018 and can be viewed here. Winners are currently in the process of being contacted. A massive thanks to everyone who took part and helped to raise almost £42,000 in ticket sales and donations to fund our work looking out for birds. 
Grey Heron by Simon Gillings

BTO Heronries Census - 90 not out.

2018 marks the 90th anniversary for BTO’s longest running survey, which has been carried out annually since 1928, and, as far as anyone is aware, is the longest for any breeding bird in the world. To celebrate BTO is asking birdwatchers to tell them about any heronries they see; adding even more information to this incredibly long-running study. Heronries can be added by clicking on the location in the vacant sites map.

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.