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British and Irish gardens fuel a novel reverse migration for Blackcaps in winter

April 2021

The allure of garden feeders has transformed the biology of a bird that visits Britain and Ireland for the winter...

UK winter holidays no longer needed by some ducks

April 2021

The latest Wetland Bird Survey Report (WeBS) published today shows that for some species of waterbirds, crossing the North Sea for a winter holiday in the UK may not happen every winter...

Hope for House Sparrows

March 2021

Saturday 20 March is World Sparrow Day and according to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), there are reasons to be hopeful for our House Sparrows...

Northern Ireland’s seabirds get an annual health check.

March 2021

2020 produced a mixed bag for Northern Ireland’s seabirds but confirmed the importance of the country’s coastline for its 20 breeding seabird species...

Migration routes of one of Britain’s largest ducks revealed for the first time, but much still remains a mystery

March 2021

New research, just published in the journal Ringing & Migration, has used state of the art tracking technology to investigate how one of Britain's largest ducks, the Shelduck, interacts with offshore wind turbines during their migration across the North Sea...

UK public embraces garden wildlife during coronavirus lockdown

March 2021

Gardens and their wildlife have provided lockdown homeowners with a significant opportunity to engage with nature, so say researchers running the weekly BTO Garden BirdWatch, whose 2020 results have been announced today...

UK's longest running bird survey hit by Covid-19

March 2021

Breeding numbers of Grey Herons have been continuously monitored by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) since 1928, making this the longest data set of any British bird...

Survey of UK's coast highlights change in wintering waterbird populations

March 2021

The findings from a survey of the wintering waterbirds on the UK's non-estuarine coast, delivered by a network of volunteer observers, has revealed significant changes in the numbers of several waterbird species, including Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, and Sanderling...

New partnership formed to save England’s threatened Curlews

March 2021

The Curlew Recovery Partnership is a new, exciting and transformative initiative, bringing together all those with an interest in Curlew conservation, including land managers, farmers, gamekeepers, policymakers and researchers...

Voluntary move away from lead ammunition shows little progress

February 2021

New research reveals that, a year after the announcement of the voluntary shift away from lead shot to non-lead alternatives, some 99% of shot Pheasants still contain lead shot...

Opening up the hidden world of bats, bush-crickets and small mammals

February 2021

A new online tool, just launched by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), opens up the previously hidden world of bats, bush-crickets, and small mammals...

The BB/BTO Best Bird Book of the Year 2020

February 2021

British Birds (BB) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) announce the winner of the award for Best Bird Book of the Year 2020...

Young wildlife enthusiasts to get much needed equipment in brand new scheme

February 2021

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) have just launched a scheme to help redistribute binoculars, telescopes, identification field guides and much more from those that don’t need them anymore, to those that do...

New study identifies woodland management practices that are good for Britain’s bats

November 2020

New research, just published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management, has assessed bat populations across broadleaved woodlands managed in different ways...

Love in the time of lockdown - no apparent boom for breeding songbirds

December 2020

Data collected by the volunteer bird ringers operating Constant Effort Scheme (CES) Sites for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) provide insights into the numbers, breeding success and survival rates of 24 widespread resident and migrant songbirds...

RESEARCHERS SEEK HELP TO TRACK GARDEN FINCHES

October 2020

Researchers at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) have noticed lower numbers of Siskin and Bullfinch using gardens across the first half of this year and are asking people to watch their bird feeders to help track these colourful garden visitors through the coming weeks...

Wader expert wins top ornithological award

October 2020

Dr Jennifer Smart of Norfolk has been awarded the prestigious Marsh Award for Ornithology by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) for her work in the conservation of breeding waders like lapwing, redshank and black-tailed godwits...

‘Puffarazzi’ scientist wins prestigious award

October 2020

Dr Ellie Owen of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has been awarded the Marsh Award for Innovative Ornithology by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)...

Scottish Ornithologists’ Club recognised with prestigious award

October 2020

The Marsh Award for Local Ornithology has been awarded to the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC) by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) for its innovative ‘Where to Watch birds in Scotland’ app...

Glasgow youngster wins top ornithology award.

October 2020

Michael Sinclair, of Glasgow, has been awarded the Marsh Award for Young Ornithologist by the British Trust for Ornithology...

Swiss scientist receives prestigious international award

October 2020

Verena Keller of the Swiss Ornithological Institute (SOI)  in Sempach has been awarded the Marsh Award for International Ornithology by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)...

New patronage to support BTO communities and engage people with the natural world

October 2020

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has today announced that His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge has become Patron of the BTO, assuming the patronage from His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh who has held the role for over 30 years...

Hidden world of mice, voles and shrews revealed by new approach.

December 2020

Thanks to the efforts of a team of researchers, the hidden world of Britain's mice, voles and shrews has just been opened up to new audiences...

Drones can be a source of disturbance to wintering waterbird flocks

September 2020

Newly published research, carried out by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) in Scotland, shows that wintering waterbirds, such as ducks, geese, swans and wading birds can easily be scared into flight by drones...

Do you have birds nesting in your garden?

April 2020

As the nationwide lockdown continues, many of us are watching the wildlife in our gardens more closely than ever before...

Northern Ireland’s seabirds get an annual health check.

March 2020

2019 produced a mixed bag for Northern Ireland’s seabirds but confirmed the importance of the country’s coastline for its 22 breeding seabird species...

Spring programme of talks at the British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford

March 2020

The British Trust for Ornithology is opening its doors, and its archive, for a series of evening talks that will enable visitors to its Thetford headquarters to learn about the loneliest woman in England, discover how we might save the iconic Curlew, and follow the journeys of some of our summer migrants as they make their way to and from Africa...

Europe's breeding birds get long-overdue stocktake

December 2020

New European Breeding Bird Atlas, a milestone for biodiversity research and nature conservation in Europe, is published today...

New report reveals good news for rare breeding birds

December 2020

New data shows that in 2018 ten species of rare birds bred in their highest ever recorded numbers across the UK Thanks to extensive conservation work including reintroductions and habitat management, the fate of some of these birds continues to improve However, some species haven’t fared as well, with some being impacted by cold winter weather and problems on migration In the latest analysis of the UK’s rarest breeding birds, ten species have been recorded in greater numbers than in any previous year...

New study identifies woodland management practices that are good for Britain’s bats

November 2020

New research, just published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management, has assessed bat populations across broadleaved woodlands managed in different ways...

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