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Garden butterfly boom

November 2013

After a run of dismal summers, not to mention a late start to spring this year, our butterflies were sorely in need of a spell of dry, warm weather...

He who shall hurt the little Wren, shall never be beloved by men

December 2013

The Wren is a familiar sight in our gardens but you’d be forgiven for not giving it a second thought, especially when the festive Robin is around...

Nesting birds turn the clocks back 50 years after cold spring

December 2013

After several decades of rising temperatures, the cold spring of 2013 harked back to the typical weather conditions of the mid-1960s...

Scotland - still a bonnie place for birds?

November 2013

One of the most ambitious volunteer projects ever undertaken, to map all of Britain & Ireland’s birds in both winter and the breeding season, and from every part of these islands, is realised with the publication of the Bird Atlas 2007–11, and the results are compelling...

Turbulent times for Ireland's birds

November 2013

One of the most ambitious volunteer projects ever undertaken, to map all of Britain and Ireland’s birds in both winter and the breeding season, is realised with the publication of the Bird Atlas 2007–11, and the results are surprising...

All change for birds in Wales

November 2013

One of the most ambitious volunteer projects ever undertaken, to map all of Britain and Irelands birds in both winter and the breeding season, and from every part of these islands, is realised with the publication of the Bird Atlas 2007–11, and the results are surprising...

Seabird breeding highlights impact of commercial fisheries in the North Sea

November 2013

New research led by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) shows that the UK’s internationally important seabird populations are being affected by fishing activities in the North Sea...

All change for Britain's birds - Bird Atlas 2007-11

November 2013

One of the most ambitious volunteer projects ever undertaken, to map all of our birds in both winter and the breeding season, and from every part of Britain and Ireland, is realised today with the publication of the Bird Atlas 2007–11, and the results are surprising...

Birds moving back into gardens

November 2013

Our gardens have been bereft of birds for the last few months but now that the colder weather is here, things are changing...

High flying birds at greater risk of collision with offshore wind turbines

November 2013

New research reveals that most seabirds fly near the sea surface, avoiding collision with wind turbines by flying under the blades...

Britain's nature networks provide hope for birds threatened by climate change

November 2013

New research provides strong evidence that internationally important British bird populations are being affected by climate change, which will threaten their long-term conservation status...

Bird surveys reveal population changes - for mammals!

October 2013

A new study, published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research, looks at the first 18 years’ data collected by Breeding Bird Survey volunteers to investigate how the populations of nine species of common mammal have changed at national and regional scales during this time...

New hope for two of the most threatened birds in the world

October 2013

Press Release from the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force   Shanghai, (Seoul, Tokyo, Moscow, London, Berlin, Denver) 29 October 2013 An international survey team found a sensational record total of 140 Spoon-billed Sandpiper and 1,200 Nordmann’s Greenshank, two of the rarest and most threatened birds of the world in Rudong Jinagsu Province on the Chinese coastline...

Marsh International Award for Ornithology

October 2013

The first International Award for Ornithology was presented to Lars Svensson yesterday evening (30 October) by Professor Ian Newton, BTO Chairman, and Jo Winyard and Professor Bill Sutherland, on behalf of The Marsh Christian Trust...

Marsh Award for Local Ornithology

October 2013

The Marsh Local Ornithology Award was presented to Dr Jim Cassels of Arran Natural History Society (ANHS) yesterday evening (30 October) by Professor Ian Newton, BTO Chair, and Jo Winyard and Professor Bill Sutherland, on behalf of The Marsh Christian Trust...

Marsh Award for Innovative Ornithology

October 2013

The Marsh Award for Innovative Ornithology was presented to Dr Christian Rutz yesterday evening (30 October) by Professor Ian Newton, BTO Chairman, and Jo Winyard and Professor Bill Sutherland, on behalf of The Marsh Christian Trust...

Marsh Award for Ornithology

October 2013

The Marsh Award for Ornithology was presented to Dr Jane Reid yesterday evening (30 October) by Professor Ian Newton, BTO Chairman and Jo Winyard and Professor Bill Sutherland, on behalf of The Marsh Christian Trust...

Dilys Breese Medal

October 2013

John Ingham was presented with the Dilys Breese Medal by Baroness Barbara Young, the BTO’s President, yesterday evening (30 October)...

A tale of two pigeons

October 2013

One of our common garden bird species is quietly disappearing, whilst another is rising to take its place...

Good news for House Sparrows

September 2013

During the last few decades, the population of House Sparrows has declined by roughly half, causing great alarm amongst both scientists and the general public...

Changing fortunes for our winter birds

September 2013

Last winter was a trial for us all, and our garden birds did not have an easy time of it either...

Gardens aflutter with Small Tortoiseshells

September 2013

The long spell of hot, dry weather seems to have reversed the damage done by last year’s wet summer, and our butterflies are making the most of it...

Bye-bye Blackbird

September 2013

A question that the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Garden Ecology Team hears a lot at this time of year is ‘Where have all my birds gone?’ One of the most conspicuous disappearances from British gardens at the end of the summer is that of the Blackbird...

Collared Doves thriving in Northern Ireland

July 2013

Collared Doves first bred in the UK in 1955, and have since dramatically spread across all of Britain and Ireland...

All change in the finch family; Siskins and Lesser Redpolls increase while Greenfinches decline

July 2013

Many householders have become familiar with the sight of Siskins and Lesser Redpolls on their garden bird feeders in recent years, and the latest figures from the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) confirm that numbers of both these small finches are increasing nationally...

Woodpecker worries in Wales

July 2013

Despite doing well in other parts of the UK, Green Woodpeckers numbers fell by around 20% in Wales between 2011 and 2012, according to the latest figures from the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)...

Swift screams silenced in Scotland

July 2013

The shrill calls of Swifts wheeling above towns and cities are some of the sounds of summer...

Eighty years and counting!

July 2013

Eighty years ago, on 1 July 1933, a group of birdwatchers wrote to the editor of The Times, announcing the formation of The British Trust for Ornithology and asking for public support for “a scheme of research over an initial period of five years...

Scotland’s upland birds need outdoor enthusiasts

June 2013

We need the help of hill walkers, estate workers and other outdoor folk in order to monitor upland birds...

Follow that Cuckoo

June 2013

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has just launched the Cuckoo class of 2013, as part of their exciting research into the decline of this iconic bird...

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