The BTO blog offers comment and perspective from a wide range of BTO staff and supporters, giving context and inviting discussion on various aspects of BTO's work. Read our series of posts by Young Birders and our seasonal migration blog posts. Don't forget to visit the Demography Blog (Demog Blog) for Ringing and Nest Recording stories, and following our Cuckoo Blogs (part of our Cuckoo Tracking Project).
Birdtrack organiser Scott Mayson and media manager Paul Stancliffe reveal what species have been on the move during the last week and what we can expect over the weekend and into next week.
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
BTO in Belarus: the Polesia project
Adham Ashton-Butt explains how BTO is involved in a cross-organisational project in Polesia, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe.
11 Sep 2020
International Youth Day
This International Youth Day, get to know some of our Youth Advisory Panel.
11 Aug 2020
Where are the young women in birding?
As we continue to work on making birding more inclusive, how do young women perceive birding? Five young birders share their experiences.
05 Aug 2020
Diversity in birding: why it matters
BTO's Jamey Redway reflects on diversity in birding, and how organisations like BTO play a role in making birding more inclusive.
29 Jun 2020
Leading through a crisis
BTO's CEO, Andy Clements, reflects on how the organisation is adapting to life under lockdown.
21 May 2020
Garden BirdWatch - 25 years of monitoring garden birds
We have been collecting garden bird lists for 25 years, but why does this matter? Kate Risely explains what we can learn from GBW data.
01 May 2020
The women who inspire
Four women from across BTO share their stories of the women who inspire them for International Women's Day 2020.
05 Mar 2020
Citizen Science in Shetland
BTO volunteer Hugh Tooby shares his journey through Shetland as part of the Upland Rovers scheme.
25 Feb 2020
BirdTrack - a Swiss army knife in BTO’s toolkit?
BTO’s Ecological Statistician Philipp Boersch-Supan explains the insights BirdTrack records can provide.
13 Feb 2020
Volunteering at a Bird Observatory
Louis Driver shares his experiences of volunteering at Bardsey Bird Observatory, supported by the Young Bird Observatory Volunteer programme.
29 Jan 2020
Tracking Short-eared Owls: Notes from the field
Why would anyone choose to spend a winter’s night out on a cold Orkney moor? Ben Darvill gives an insight into the dedication of Short-eared Owl fieldworkers, and their amazing discoveries.
28 Jan 2020
Widening BTO's appeal
Andy Clements, BTO's Chief Executive, looks at how BTO can engage new audiences.
20 Dec 2019
The British Patch
Luke Hawkins introduces us to his patch and explains why he loves patch birding.
11 Dec 2019
Nocmig: A beginner's guide
Jonathan Heath explains how nocmigging is changing the way he views the birds around him.
08 Nov 2019
BTO's Young Leaders Course
The attendees of BTO's Young Leaders Course reflect on what they learned at Spurn.
05 Aug 2019
Gen Z and the BTO
Amy Hall discusses how BTO can better provide opportunities for the next generation of ornithologists.
22 Nov 2019
Unlocking the science to reveal the state of nature
David Noble takes a sober look at the latest State of Nature Report.
02 Oct 2019
Garden birds: to feed or not to feed?
Almost half of the households in the UK feed their garden birds. But should we? Dr Kate Plummer explores the effects of feeding on bird populations.
20 Sep 2019
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.
Youth Advisory Panel
Meet our panel of volunteers who help steer BTO to better serve our younger supporters.
What we can learn from 25 years of watching gardens
Exploring the value of a complete quarter-century of weekly garden bird observations from BTO's Garden BirdWatch covering the length and breadth of the country.