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Waterbirds in the UK 2017/18

16 May 2019

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Migfest 2019

Migfest 2019

15 May 2019

Tickets are now on sale for Spurn Migration Festival 2019. The festival runs from 6-8 September and will celebrate the autumn migration of birds.

Join the WeBS team

Vacancy - WeBS Counter Network Organiser

07 May 2019

Join the team and help run the Wetland Bird Survey at BTO HQ in Thetford.

Goldcrest. Bethan Clyne

BBS Report reveals impact of 'Beast from the East'

02 May 2019

The new BBS report shows the impact that severe 2018 weather may have had on some of our birds.

Cuckoo by Edmund Fellowes

Our first Cuckoos are back

25 Apr 2019

As part of our quest to improve our understanding of bird migration we have been satellite-tracking Cuckoos that breed here in the UK. This work has revealed the wintering grounds of UK Cuckoos in Africa and the routes they take to get there and back.

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Key changes to the new BTO website

16 Apr 2019

Get a quick round-up of the key changes to the relaunched BTO website.

White Admiral by Mike Toms / BTO

Butterflies bounce back

08 Apr 2019

The latest results from the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey, to which BBS volunteers contribute, have just been published.

Mediterranean Gull by Dawn Balmer

Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2018

22 Mar 2019

Puffin numbers remain stable, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull both increase and Mediterranean Gull breeds in its highest numbers in 2018.

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Our Cuckoos are on their way back

12 Mar 2019

Nine of our satellite tagged Cuckoos have made it to West Africa, from where they will prepare to cross the Sahara desert in the next few weeks and make their way back to their breeding grounds in Britain.

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Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder, 2019

05 Mar 2019

Spurn Bird Observatory Trust and the BTO are welcoming all young birders to take part in something special, the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder event. This Spurn Migration Festival tradition is named after the late Martin Garner, a knowledgable, inspiring and encouraging birder who shared his... read more

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New look BBS Online

14 Feb 2019

The data entry system for the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) and Waterways Breeding Bird Survey (WBBS) has been updated. The functionalities remain largely the same, with some small improvements of course!

Upland view by Graeme Garner

Upland Rovers 2019, offering holiday inspiration?

13 Feb 2019

Do you live in the uplands, or could you visit during May or June? Looking for holiday inspiration? 

BTO Nest Boxes 'essential guide'

National Nest Box Week 2019

05 Feb 2019

February 14 sees the start of the 22nd National Nest Box Week. To encourage people to put up a nest box the BTO has produced a new 'essential guide' full of useful information on what to look for when buying, siting and looking after a nest box.

Arctic Skua tagging, Fair Isle 2017. Photograph by Dave Batchelor

BTO Spring Raffle 2019

22 Jan 2019

Help support our work by taking part in this year's spring raffle. Included in the prizes is a professionally-guided birdwatching break for two in southern Portugal and five chances to win a garden bird food hamper.

Common Tern by Jill Pakenham

Year in Review - 2018

04 Jan 2019

What a year 2018 was! From the ‘Beast from the East’ to the summer heatwave, Britain’s birds had to contend with extreme weather, and our hard-working volunteers were on hand to tell us just how they fared. It was another successful year for BTO science, and we also took part in many successful... read more

Cuckoo by David Jefferson/BTO

Three tagged Cuckoos head north

03 Jan 2019

Robinson, Sherwood and Thomas have all made northerly flights during the last few days, undertaking the very first leg of the long journey back to the UK.

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State of birds in Wales 2018

06 Dec 2018

The latest State of birds in Wales report shows mixed fortunes. Urban populations of House Sparrow, Feral Pigeon and Collared Dove show increases, along with woodland bird populations, whilst both lowland and upland farmland birds continue to fall.

Blackcap by John Dunn

Scottish Terrestrial Breeding Bird Indicator

29 Nov 2018

The latest update of the Indicator for Terrestrial Breeding Birds in Scotland has just been published. More than 80% of woodland bird species have shown marked increases. Farmland birds are up 14%, whilst the trend for upland birds shows a decline of almost 20%.

Tree Sparrow by Ron Marshall

Bird Indicators 2018

07 Nov 2018

The latest updates of the UK and England bird indicators based on population trends of wild birds were published today.

Brian Marsh and Award winners by Jake Davis

BTO Marsh Awards 2018

07 Nov 2018

The five Marsh Awards for Ornithology, and the Dilys Breese Medal for communication, were handed to six very deserving recipients at a glittering ceremony at the launch of the Natural Eye 2018 exhibition in the Mall Gallery, London.