BTO Scotland recognises the value of innovative and productive partnerships with government agencies (e.g. Scottish Natural Heritage), local authorities and other local agencies, as well as community, voluntary, public and private sector organisations, which help promote volunteer bird (and other taxa) recording in Scotland and help develop a uniquely rich and detailed body of scientific work, which government agencies, conservation campaigners, policy makers and land managers can rely on.
BTO Scotland and The Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC)
One of BTO Scotland’s key partners is the SOC. The SOC was established by a group of Scottish ornithologists who met together in the rooms of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in Edinburgh on 24th March 1936. The Club now has 2500 members and plays a key role in helping the BTO to instigate and deliver Scotland-wide bird surveys. The BTO and SOC hold annual joint one day conferences each spring to promote survey work and amateur birdwatching.
Garden for Life Forum
BTO Scotland is a member of the Garden for Life Forum, a partnership of organisations working in Scotland. Current members of the Forum include Scottish Natural Heritage, BTCV, RSPB Scotland, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society, Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and Plantlife.
The key aims of Garden for Life are:
·To increase enjoyment and understanding of biodiversity.
·To support action by gardeners for the benefit of Scotland's biodiversity.
·To promote the benefits of gardening for health and well being.
Organisations belonging to the Forum meet on a regular basis to agree plans and strategies, share information and to work together on projects.