Many of our summer visitors will be well on their way by now with Swallow, Willow Warbler, and Swift sightings rapidly falling in the last couple of weeks. Whilst some species such as House Martin will be around for a bit longer, over the next week these too will depart en masse before the cooler conditions of autumn really start to take affect.
Migration blog (10th – 16th September)
With the past week seeing a rise in temperatures across much of Britain and Ireland the pace of migration continued to grow, with the settled conditions providing migrant birds with clear skies and favourable winds.
10 Sep 2021
Migration blog (3rd – 9th September)
With the first days of Autumn upon us and the breeding season over for many species, the focus is now on preparing for the coming winter months. Whilst some species will remain within Britain and Ireland, others will be leaving or passing through en route to wintering grounds further south.
02 Sep 2021
Migration blog (27th August – 2nd September)
With autumn almost upon us, migration during the last week moved up a gear with numbers of common migrants and the ocassional scarce species seen across Britian and Ireland.
27 Aug 2021
Migration blog (20th – 26th August)
August is the time of year when many summer migrants begin to head to their wintering grounds. For this year's offspring it will be their first time migrating.
20 Aug 2021
The importance of habitat data
Habitat information is vital for understanding how birds use their environment. BTO's Ailidh Barnes explains why in this blog post.
07 Aug 2021
Migration blog (mid July - early August)
With migration slowing to a trickle during midsummer, we now turn our thoughts to late summer and the first hints of autumn migration.
16 Jul 2021
Tips for photographing birds
BTO's president shares his suggestions for improving your chances of getting that perfect shot.
01 Jun 2021
Migration blog (21st May – mid-June)
It is certainly turning out to be a poor spring with consistently colder than average temperatures, showers and even strong winds for the time of year, all having a huge affect on migration.
21 May 2021
Migration blog (14th – 20th May)
As the year progresses towards the end of May we get to the sharp end of spring migration, with arguably the greatest diversity of species and biggest number of birds on the move. The majority of birds that will breed across Britain and Ireland will already have arrived but there will still be some species yet to arrive, and those that have lagged behind such as last year's offspring that will be breeding for the first time this year. Britain and Ireland is also a stepping stone for many migrants that head further north to Iceland, Scandinavia or the high Arctic to breed.
12 May 2021
Migration blog (7th – 13th May)
At last there is a forecast of warm southerly airflow for this weekend, a rare thing indeed this spring. This should unlock the floodgates and we should see a mass arrival of summer visitor and the exodus of any remaining winter visitors — it could be a busy weekend.
07 May 2021
Migration blog (30th April – 6th May)
Another week dominated by cool weather was interjected by a spell of lighter winds at the start of the week that provided a scattering of common and scarce migrants, mainly along the south coast.
29 Apr 2021
Migration blog (23rd – 29th April)
Spring migration has so far been a slow and steady affair, and with the weather being dominated by clear skies and northerly winds it has meant reports of some species have been much lower than would be expected for the time of year.
23 Apr 2021
Migration blog (16th – 22nd April )
BirdTrack organiser, Scott Mayson, and Media Manager, Paul Stancliffe, reveal what species have been on the move over the last month and what we can expect for the week ahead.
16 Apr 2021
What’s the score for Copeland’s symphony of seabirds?
Northern Ireland Seabird Coordinator Katherine Booth Jones describes her love for the wild coastal habitats of Northern Ireland and the charismatic seabirds that inhabit them.
19 Mar 2021
Our volunteers: the beating heart of BTO data
Head and Principal Ecologist, David Noble, shares why volunteer-collected data are so important for an organisation like BTO.
17 Dec 2020
First impressions from a CEO
Our new CEO, Juliet Vickery, reflects on her first 45 days as CEO.
16 Dec 2020
The urban sprawl
BTO's Head and Principal Ecologist, Gavin Siriwardena, explains how the urban landscape is affecting our wild bird populations.
20 Nov 2020
Meet the CEOs: in conversation with Juliet Vickery and Andy Clements
Youth Advisory Panel member Greg Palmer talks to Juliet and Andy, new and outgoing BTO Chief Executive Officers respectively, about their careers, ideas and plans for the future.
02 Nov 2020
Free as a bird through lockdown
On World Mental Health Day, BTO volunteer Harriet reflects how even an urban environment can provide opportunities to connect with nature and improve our wellbeing during periods of isolation.
10 Oct 2020
Blogs on specific topics
Our Demog blog features latest news and stories from the BTO’s Ringing and Nest Recording teams, along with some fascinating contributions from blog followers.
Spring and autumn are exciting times of year as migrant birds arrive in and depart from Britain. In the Migration Blog, we make predictions about when to expect interesting migrant arrivals.
Counting birds and the Wetland Bird Survey (Wednesday 22 September, 10am)
This course involves one online session of about 1 hour 45 minutes, with a trainer:participant ratio of about 1:30. Participants' microphones are muted during the presentations but there is a large interactive component...
Migration blog (3rd – 9th September)
With the first days of Autumn upon us and the breeding season over for many species, the focus is now on preparing for the coming winter months.