The speed of migration has picked up as the end of September draws near, with a mix of extremely rare species and more common migrants being seen in recent days. There are still a few weeks until autumn migration starts to slow down; who knows what they will bring?
BirdTrack migration blog (mid June–mid July)
As Midsummer’s Day approaches, the breeding season continues apace with the first broods of summer migrants now leaving the nest.
16 Jun 2023
BTO’s role in the People’s Plan for Nature
BTO’s CEO Juliet Vickery explains how our new strategy will contribute to this ambitious call to action.
06 Jun 2023
Equality vs equity: a crucial distinction in BTO’s work around diversity and inclusion
BTO's CEO Juliet Vickery discusses a shift in our focus.
01 Jun 2023
BirdTrack migration blog (late May–mid June)
As spring progresses towards summer, migration continues to slow. Most breeding species will be either in the full throws of breeding or close to their breeding grounds.
26 May 2023
BirdTrack migration blog (19–25 May)
A week of relatively settled conditions enabled a steady stream of late migrants to arrive, and allowed an occasional scarce species to make landfall.
19 May 2023
Launching the new BTO Youth Engagement Strategy
Youth Advisory Panel member Katie Monk discusses developing BTO Youth’s new strategy, and why an inclusive environment for young people is vital for nature’s future.
15 May 2023
BirdTrack migration blog (12–18 May)
As we reach the height of spring migration, the variety of species to be found is almost at its peak, and the spell of warmer weather over the coronation bank holiday weekend brought with it a steady stream of birds.
12 May 2023
BirdTrack migration blog (5–11 May)
The changeable weather over the past week meant migrating birds continued to arrive in fits and starts, although some notable rarities were found.
05 May 2023
BirdTrack migration blog (14–20 April)
The mixed bag of weather over the last week brought a few nice surprises and a steady trickle of migrants.
12 Apr 2023
BirdTrack migration blog (28 April–4 May)
As expected, the mixed bag of weather over the last week resulted in a trickle rather than a flow of birds arriving.
28 Apr 2023
BirdTrack migration blog (21–27 April)
A week of sunshine, rain and blustery easterly winds kept the pace of migration relatively slow given the time of year.
21 Apr 2023
BirdTrack migration blog (7–13 April)
During the last week, spring migration has stepped up a gear with species such as Nightingale, Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler, and Cuckoo making their first appearance of 2023.
06 Apr 2023
Finding food: deciphering the foraging ‘fingerprints’ of Gannets
Chris Pollock explains how studying the unique movements and behaviours of individual Gannets can help us to understand the impact of environmental change on their populations.
05 Apr 2023
BirdTrack migration blog (31 March–6 April)
A change in wind direction over the past week coupled with some prolonged and often heavy bursts of rain slowed migration – but some birds still made it through.
30 Mar 2023
BirdTrack migration blog (24–30 March)
Spring has certainly sprung in the last week, as summer migrants have taken advantage of warmer weather with a funnel of south-westerlies aiding their arrival.
24 Mar 2023
Amazing nesters: a journey through the bird breeding season
Bird breeding behaviours to watch out for this spring, and how to get started with nest monitoring.
16 Mar 2023
Ken Williamson's Faroe Islands Diaries: From Thetford to Tórshavn (and back)
BTO Archivist Lesley Hindley on her travels to the Faroe Islands to digitise the wartime diaries of Kenneth Williamson.
10 Mar 2023
BirdTrack migration blog (Mid-February — Mid-March)
With the songs of Great Tit, Song Thrush and Dunnock starting to fill the air, it feels like spring is just around the corner.
24 Feb 2023
Finding my place(ment): taking a break from a PhD
PhD student Fionnuala McCully reflects on her placement with the BTO Communications Team, and the benefits she experienced while stepping back from her studies.
25 Jan 2023
Waterbird ID training (2 sessions, Wednesdays 7pm)
This course involves two weekly online sessions of about 1 hour 45 minutes, with a trainer:participant ratio of about 1:30. Participants' microphones are muted during the sessions but there is a large interactive...
BTO Acoustic Pipeline
An accurate species identification and data management tool for acoustic monitoring in conservation, management and site assessment.