Thanks to the BTO's Cuckoo Tracking Project we are learning more about Cuckoo migration. There are still important questions to answer, so we have fitted four more Cuckoos with satellite tags this spring. Senan, Valentine, Tennyson and Nussey join eight existing birds, all of which should make their way south during the next few weeks. Follow their exciting journeys.More Details
Bird trapping is illegal in the European Union, but still occurs in several Member States. BirdLife Cyprus and RSPB have been monitoring this activity in Cyprus for over a decade. BTO's impartiality and reputation for robust science led to staff members Ali Johnston and Nick Moran being invited to a workshop in Cyprus to discuss the monitoring protocol. The whole issue was the focus of a recent feature for Nature.
There is still time to take part in the Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey (NEWS); you can make counts till the end of January. Some brilliant birds have been found by our volunteers, with White-tailed Eagles recorded on 25 sectors, Glaucous Gull on 7 sectors, Whimbrel and Iceland Gull on 6 sectors and one lucky volunteer recording a Gyr Falcon.
January 16th is the 50th anniversary of the International Waterbirds Census (IWC) in which volunteers from over one hundred countries will get out in search of their waterbirds, anyone can get involved via IWC or by taking part in the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS).
We’re asking birdwatchers to look out for colour-ringed and dye-marked waders and ducks on and around the Severn Estuary.
We're working with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust on a project to understand more about the home ranges of three species of waders (Curlew, Redshank and Dunlin) and a range of duck species on the Severn Estuary between Newport and Cardiff. As part of this work the Redshank and Curlew have been colour ringed and Dunlin and some ducks marked with yellow dye. In addition we have put state-of-the-art tracking devices on some of the Curlew, Redshank and Shelduck, which is giving us fascinating information about how birds use the estuary through the winter during both the day and the night. Work is ongoing, with the aim to mark more birds of... read more
Join us in Durham for a day of talks celebrating the importance of gardens and urban areas for nature. Featuring talks from the BTO Garden BirdWatch team, Butterfly Conservation, Durham Wildlife Trust and other local organisations, the conference will provide an opportunity for you to meet with others who share an enthusiasm for gardens and their wildlife and to quiz the experts!
The BTO's BirdTrends report is a one-stop shop for the latest and most comprehensive information about the population status of the common breeding birds of the wider UK countryside. The report is based on data gathered by the many thousands of volunteers who contribute to BTO-led surveys.
Results from the 2013 Woodcock Survey show that breeding numbers and breeding range have both declined considerably since the previous survey in 2003. The rate of decline varied regionally but was least pronounced in areas that contained large tracts of continuous woodland. Further research is required to fully understand the reasons for the population change.
We know little about the distribution of soil invertebrates across Britain or which factors influence their abundance such as climate and soil type. Engaging schools in this project provides an excellent opportunity to answer these questions, and they will be getting their hands dirty in the name of science. By digging randomly selected turf samples from school playing fields, schools can hopefully provide us with the information to help us relate long-term declines in some familiar bird species to climate change.
The drivers behind the staggering decline in our breeding Nightingales is unclear but what we do know is that the ones we still have predominantly use scrub habitats over woodland. If you have Nightingales, or are interested in managing scrub for Nightingales, read our Nightingale Conservation Advice Note.