Scotland is a wonderful place for both birds and people. At times, difficult decisions need to be made which might impact on our wildlife populations. At these times, impartial scientific evidence is critical.
We aim to provide high quality, objective information on birds and their changing environment to inform conservation and land-management decision-making. Different questions call for different approaches and BTO's extensive volunteer network is complemented by the work of BTO scientists, professional fieldworkers and research collaborators.
We focus on Scottish habitats, species and policy-relevant issues, delivered within BTO's UK-wide research framework.
Click here for information about increasing monitoring coverage in the uplands.
Principal work areas are as follows:
- uplands and moorlands
- woodlands and forestry
- urban biodiversity
- species-focused research (including: Short-eared Owls, Whinchats, Hawfinches, Peregrines and Ptarmigan)
- policy-driven projects (including: goose management policy, urban gulls and the impacts of predatory birds)
- customer-led consultancy work
- long-term monitoring schemes
- working with volunteers
Scottish Birdwatchers' Conference
Every year the Scottish Ornithologist's Club arrange a one-day Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference, organised by a local branch of the SOC, in conjunction with BTO Scotland.
Youth Advisory Panel
Meet our panel of volunteers who help steer BTO to better serve our younger supporters.