Get involved

There are lots of ways to support BTO, birds, and the work we do.

Citizen science

BTO runs lots of different surveys to help us monitor the UK’s bird populations. You don’t need to be an expert to take part!

If you’re a beginner without much survey experience, check out BirdTrack, Garden BirdWatch and Nesting Neighbours – they’re a good place to start while you build up skills, experience and confidence.

If you’ve already had some experience with surveys, check out The Wetland Bird Survey, Breeding Bird Survey and Ringing – they require more advanced identification skills.


Record the birds you see when out and about on a walk.

Go to BirdTrack

Garden BirdWatch

Record the birds and other animals in your garden on a weekly basis.

Go to Garden BirdWatch

Nesting Neighbours 

Keep track of a nest of birds in your garden or local green space.

Go to Nesting Neighbours

Wetland Bird Survey 

Identify and record the wetland birds on a site near you.

Go to Wetland Bird Survey

Breeding Bird Survey

Identify and record all the breeding birds on a site near you.

Go to Breeding Bird Survey

Bird Ringing Scheme

Learn to ring and help us better understand birds’ movements. 

Go to Ringing Scheme

Subscribe to BTO Youth News

Want to join the flock and stay up to date with everything BTO Youth? Subscribe to our email newsletter to hear all our news, upcoming events and exciting opportunities.


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

BTO is now an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award!

This means that you can complete your volunteering part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award by taking part in our BirdTrack or Garden BirdWatch surveys.

University societies, schools and groups

Do you work with young people? You can share our opportunities with them!

We have promotional materials available to help you spread the word about the opportunities we provide for young people.

Youth Membership

We are currently revising our Youth Membership and will be launching this soon.

We look forward to sharing our exciting new offer with you!

You might also be interested in:

BTO Youth Events

BTO Youth

We run free events every year for young people, organised by BTO Youth for BTO Youth.

Browse our events

BTO Youth Blog

BTO Youth

Read about how other young people experience and access nature on our BTO Youth Blog.

Explore the blog

Work Experience

BTO Youth

Are you interested in a career in conservation or ornithology?

Learn more about work experience

Young people are the future of BTO

Donate to the BTO Youth Appeal today

Get in touch

Email us

If you’d like to find out more about what we do and how to get involved, drop us a line: youth [at]

Find us on social media

Instagram | Twitter

Subscribe to BTO Youth news

Stay up to date with everything BTO Youth: subscribe to our email newsletter.


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Get in touch to find out more about completing your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award volunteering with BTO.

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