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Bird Photographer of the Year 2018 winners announced

August 2018

Having completed its third year, Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of this prestigious global competition...

Bird Surveyors help to shed new light on changing mammal populations

August 2018

The UK’s mammals present particular challenges for monitoring; they live in a wide variety of habitats, vary enormously in size and can be very difficult to see, but Britain’s army of volunteer bird surveyors could come to the rescue...

Thomas and Sylvester's grand Cuckoo migration

July 2018

After being tagged in Thetford Forest by The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), two adult male Cuckoos (Sylvester and Thomas) have begun their long journey south...

Bowie joins the Cuckoo class of 2018

July 2018

As part of its hugely successful Cuckoo project the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has just launched 10 new birds, bringing the number of Cuckoos that are currently being tracked to 14; one of which has been named Bowie by wildlife TV presenter Chris Packham...

Threatened Nightingale site confirmed as Britain's best in new national survey

June 2018

The dramatic decline of UK Nightingale populations – we have lost over 90% of these iconic birds in the last 50 years – has led to the species being placed on the Birds of Conservation Concern Red List...

Waterbird survey celebrates platinum anniversary

May 2018

The BTO/RSPB/JNCC Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS), one of the longest running citizen science surveys in the world, is celebrating its 70th anniversary...

Calling all young birders

May 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE USE Spurn Bird Observatory and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) will again be running the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of The Year as part of this year’s Spurn Migration Festival (Migfest)...

Finches up and down in Northern Ireland

April 2018

The latest Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) report shows mixed fortunes for finches in Northern Ireland...

Welsh icon is back

April 2018

Synonymous with Wales, the latest results from the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) show that the Red Kite is well and truly back and here to stay...

Declining summer visitor doing well in Scotland

April 2018

In England the Spotted Flycatcher population has fallen by 18%, however, the latest results show that this enchanting little bird is on the up in Scotland – up by 66% during the last five years, giving Scotland something to shout about! Reasons behind the overall decline, which amounts to 39% across the whole of the UK since 1994 are unclear...

A northern powerhouse for UK songbirds

April 2018

The latest survey results show that Spotted Flycatchers and Willow Warblers are thriving north of the England-Scotland border, whilst struggling south of it...

Wales - What's under your wellies

March 2018

Wales’ No...

BTO Heronries Census - 90 not out

March 2018

2018 marks the 90th anniversary for BTO’s longest running survey, which has been carried out annually since 1928, and represents, as far as anyone is aware, the longest running dataset for any breeding bird in the world...

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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