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Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 09:00

A creative collaboration, bringing together two of Britain’s wild bird charities and leading writers and artists, was launched on 16 January 2020. Titled ‘Red Sixty Seven’, the project seeks to raise awareness of our most at-risk birds and secure additional funds for British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and RSPB scientists to carry out important research, work that should help to secure a future for these species.

The project takes its name from the UK Red List of Birds of Conservation Concern, which currently contains 67 species. An artwork has been produced for each species, together with a piece by some of the UK’s leading writers, including Ann Cleeves, Patrick Barkham, Mark Cocker and Adam Nicolson. The artworks, which include pieces by Chris Packham, Daily Mail political cartoonist Paul Thomas, Carry Akroyd and a host of other renowned wildlife artists, are being sold to raise funds. A book combing the artwork and texts will be published by BTO on 14 February 2020.

The project was the brainchild of Kit Jewitt, a birder and part-time conservationist from Northumberland who has made something of a name delivering engaging fundraising projects to support conservation work on birds, both as an individual and through the Probable Bird Society.

The idea was simple; a book featuring the 67 Red-listed birds, each illustrated by a different artist with a personal story from a diverse collection of writers. And every penny from sales donated directly to Red-listed species conservation projects run by BTO and RSPB. All that remained was the small task of persuading 134 people to contribute, and to give their work for free. Red Sixty Seven is the result; 67 love letters to our most vulnerable species, each beautifully illustrated by some of the best wildlife artists around, showcasing a range of styles as varied as the birds in these pages. Our hope is that the book will bring the Red List to a wider audience whilst raising funds for the charities working to help the birds most at need.

The 67 artworks are being sold as part of the project through 67 ‘lucky dip’ tickets. By purchasing one of the 67 tickets you are guaranteed to receive one of the original artworks and limited edition prints, but you will not know which one until the tickets and artworks are drawn from a hat on Friday 14th February 2020.

A book of all the artwork and accompanying texts is also available, along with T-shirts and badges.

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Key changes to the new BTO website

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The BTO website was relaunched on Wednesday 1 May, with changes to the way it is presented and how content is organised.

Technically, it should better adapt to a range of devices, and the organisation of content is changing to help visitors better understand what the BTO does and what it can offer them.

In addition, the relaunch will bring several new types of content that we hope users will find valuable, including case studies on BTO work that has made an impact, a new blog discussing the context and challenges of what BTO does, and articles on understanding birds and developing skills.

Below are some key... read more

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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. Follow the Cuckoos as they undertake their amazing spring migration.

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Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder, 2019

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Anyone interested in taking part should submit an online questionnaire where they showcase their birding life and knowledge of birds. Six finalists are then chosen to attend the Spurn Migration Festival for a days birding with our expert judges in a welcoming, friendly environment. The day involves seawatching, experiencing visible migration, watching birds on the Humber and in the bushes and answering a... read more

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Upland view by Graeme Garner

Upland Rovers 2019, offering holiday inspiration?

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

We're looking for volunteers for BBS Upland Rovers, an initiative which encourages one-off visits to carefully selected rarely-covered upland Breeding Bird Survey squares. Visit the Upland Rovers webpage and check out the sign-up map for 2019.

Start planning your adventures!

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Common Tern by Jill Pakenham

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Science

Schools participate in What's Under Your Feet?

2018 was another great year for BTO research, with our scientists leading on, or... read more

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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. Welsh House Martins are holding their own but Starlings are in steep decline. Read more here

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Brian Marsh and Award winners by Jake Davis

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