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 Field Guides

Ideas for Christmas gifts

If you are searching for Christmas gifts, don't forget about BTO membership which makes a perfect present. There's a range of BTO clothing, a selection of books and cards, and a 2017 Calendar - all of which will help support our work looking out for Britain's birds.

Chinese Cuckoo journeys

Amazing Cuckoo migration

Two of the Chinese Cuckoos that were tagged in Beijing, northwest China, by a team led by BTO scientist Dr Chris Hewson, have made it to the east coast of Africa, providing brand new information for science along the way. One of them via a non-stop flight across the Indian Ocean, the other by crossing the Gulf of Oman and a flight across the deserts of Oman and Yemen. Where will they go next? Follow the Chinese Cuckoo project.

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Giving is easy this season

Christmas is just over a month away and, with Black Friday deals already available, do remember to shop online via Give as you Live and you’ll raise free funds for us each time you make a purchase! Your donation is at no cost to you. Start shopping online here or find out more about Give as you Live
BTO award winners by Nick Caro

BTO award winners

Ornithologists young and old were recognised at the annual BTO awards ceremony in London for their amazing contributions to the field. Alongside the Dilys Breese Medal for outstanding science communication, six Marsh Awards for Ornithology were also presented.