Get the book that money can't buy

01 Feb 2010 | No. 2010-02-05

The highly acclaimed ‘Garden Birds and Wildlife, by Mike Toms & Paul Sterry, is now available in a special paperback edition exclusive to the BTO Garden BirdWatch. Although the book carries a cover price of £14.99, you cannot buy this book in the shops but you can get it free by joining the BTO Garden BirdWatch survey.

Increase your knowledge of
birds and other garden wildlife

Thanks to the generous support of AA Media Ltd and Paul Sterry at Nature Photographers, the BTO is able to offer new participants in its year-round Garden BirdWatch survey a free copy of the highly acclaimed ‘Garden Birds and Wildlife’.

Tim Harrison, Garden BirdWatch Development Officer at the BTO, commented “We hope that new participants in Garden BirdWatch will be able to use this book to increase their knowledge and enjoyment of birds and other garden wildlife.”

The BTO Garden BirdWatch is a unique study, self-funded through an annual subscription of £17 by its participants. Everyone who takes part in the survey receives a quarterly colour magazine, recording forms and access to Garden BirdWatch Online and the expertise of BTO staff.

Mike Toms, Head of Garden Ecology at the BTO and one of the book’s authors, commented “Putting this book together has been a tremendous experience and I hope that readers will enjoy increasing their knowledge of garden birds through the text and photographs. If you want to know why Blackcaps now winter in British gardens, why male Dunnocks peck their mate’s bottom, how Jays find the acorns they have buried or how to tell a Brambling from a Chaffinch, then this is the book for you.”

To get your free book, join the BTO Garden BirdWatch today. Please call the BTO on 01842–750050, email gbw [at] or write to GBW, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU

Notes for Editors

  1. The BTO is the UK’s leading bird research organisation. Over 40,000 birdwatchers contribute to the BTO’s surveys. They collect information that forms the basis of conservation action in the UK. The BTO maintains a staff of 100 at its offices in Norfolk and Stirling, who analyse and publicise the results of project work.The BTO’s investigations are funded by government, industry and conservation organisations.
  2. The BTO Garden BirdWatch is the only nationwide survey of garden birds to run weekly throughout the year, providing important information on how birds use gardens, and how this use changes over time. Currently, some 15,000 people take part in the project. The project is funded by participants’ contributions and is the largest year-round survey of garden birds in the world. For more information see

Contact information

Paul Stancliffe (BTO Press Officer)
Telephone: 01842-750050 (9am to 5.30pm)
Mobile: 07845 900559 (anytime)
Email: press [at]

Tim Harrison (BTO Garden BirdWatch Development Officer)
Telephone: 01842-750050 (9am to 5.30pm)
Email: gbw [at]

The BTO has a dedicated ISDN line for radio interviews.  
Please contact us to book an interview 01842 750050 

Images of Garden Birds and the Book Cover are available upon request from images [at],
please quote ‘2010-02-05’ 

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