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Feed the birds? Scientists highlight risks of disease at garden bird feeders

March 2018

Collaborative 25-year ZSL/BTO study stresses importance of feeding while investigating evolving threats to wild birds Wild birds are at risk of a number of serious diseases at our garden bird feeders, according to a collaborative study led by scientists from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) and published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B...

Nationwide school science programme helps scientists discover effects of climate change on soils

March 2018

15,000 school children participate in ‘What’s under your feet?’ project to study soil in school grounds Research from ongoing study makes link for the first time that dry summers are affecting breeding birds, which rely on earthworms and other soil invertebrates for food Number of UK earthworms has declined massively during periods of dry weather Schools encouraged to participate in further digs this month and later in the year to further aid research This ongoing study, supported by EDF Energy and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), has been able to identify that dry summer weather may be putting some of our favourite bird species at risk as it triggers a significant drop in the number of earthworms and invertebrates in parts of the UK...

New wildlife guides to grow interest in the Brecks

March 2018

The first two books in a new series of guides to the wildlife of the East Anglian Brecks have just been published, thanks to the efforts of local conservation charities...

World's fastest bird making a comeback

March 2018

The latest population estimate, just published, shows that the breeding numbers of Peregrine Falcon in the UK have hit a historic high, with particularly large increases in England...

National Nest Box Week 2018

January 2018

Valentine’s Day 2018 will see the start of the 21st annual National Nest Box Week (NNBW), in which people across Britain are encouraged to put up a nest box and provide a family home for our birds...

Summer is winging its way towards Britain

January 2018

We can see summer coming from over 4,000 miles away as the first of BTO’s satellite-tracked Cuckoos begins to head north...

Britain's birds - winners and losers

December 2017

The 20th annual BirdTrends report from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), just published, gives the latest information on the winners and losers in the British countryside...

Biggest-ever influx of one of our smallest garden birds

December 2017

This November, Coal Tits were seen in over 70% of gardens, according to figures from the British Trust for Ornithology's (BTO) Garden BirdWatch (GBW)...

Report reveals the effect of a changing climate on the UK’s birds

December 2017

Many of our rare breeding birds are at a high risk of extinction in the UK, based on projections of how climate will become less suitable for these species Climate change will provide opportunities for some species while others will be more vulnerable Migratory birds are arriving in the UK earlier each Spring and leaving later each Autumn...

Does the early bird catch the caterpillar?

November 2017

The time that birds decide to breed has a strong impact upon the likely success of raising their young to independence...

Wind farms and biodiversity: are they on a collision course?

September 2017

A newly published study, funded by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), has shown the potential vulnerability of birds and bats around the world to collide with wind turbines...

If you go down to the woods today

August 2017

Latest results from the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) show that everything might not be as it seems, with many of our woodland birds in trouble...

Best summer ever for Hummingbird Hawk-moths?

July 2017

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Red-listed thrushes turn to gardens

April 2017

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New housing will impact bat populations

February 2017

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A missing predator: Sparrowhawks absent from gardens this winter

February 2017

Sparrowhawk by Richard Winston It’s been a year of mixed fortunes for Sparrowhawk, with the highest recorded average counts in gardens last January, followed by the lowest-ever numbers for December, as reported by British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Garden BirdWatch survey...

Twenty years of National Nest Box Week

February 2017

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Gull decline on Scottish island linked to decline in fishing discards

January 2017

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Breeding birds struggle with wet 2016

December 2016

Information collected by British Trust for Ornithology volunteers show that 2016 was a poor breeding season for many bird species, in part due to periods of heavy spring and summer rainfall...

Blue Tits missing from gardens after washout summer

December 2016

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Smartbirds - understanding how gulls behave through high-tech backpacks

October 2016

In a bid to understand how the amber-listed Lesser Black-backed Gull behaves around offshore wind farms, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has partnered with DONG Energy to carry out a study of the species off the Cumbrian coast...

The Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of the Year

September 2016

Fifteen year-old George Dunbar, from Cheshire, was named Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of the Year, at the 2016 Spurn Migration Festival, ahead of four other young finalists and thirty young birders who entered this year's competition...

British Trust for Ornithology Press Statement - Pennine Grouse Moor survey report

August 2016

A bird survey that was reported to have taken place on a managed grouse moor in the Pennines has been widely quoted in the media this week...

Forget Boaty McBoatface – Flappy McFlapperson is on the move

July 2016

Named as part of a competition by schoolchildren at the Dulwich International School in Beijing, China, Flappy McFlapperson is a satellite tag wearing Cuckoo that is helping the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and Chinese scientists gather information on Beijing’s Cuckoos...

Satellite-tracking study links population declines to Cuckoo's choice of migration route

July 2016

A study tracking the migrations of Common Cuckoos with tiny satellite tags, carried out by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) over the past five years, has made a series of stunning discoveries...

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