Our volunteers come from all walks of life and we've asked them to tell us why they enjoy being involved in our surveys.
A Winter’s Tale: The story of one man, a metal detector, and the mighty Peregrine Falcon
An account of exciting ringing recoveries aided by a metal detector
Bird Atlas 2007-11: Firecrest by John Young
A unexpected surprise from his allocated survey area - despite it having a motorway running through it.
Bird Atlas 2007-11: For Ruth by Ian Traynor
Husband and wife both dedicated to complete their Atlas survey.
BirdAtlas 2007-11: The Power of Local Papers by David Scott
Going that extra mile to write about his surveying expereiences and getting them published in the local papers.
Taking part in Atlas - A volunteer's view
Moving from Roving Records to Timed Tetrads - an account of one volunteers work throught the seasons.
The Breeding Bird Survey - celebrating 20 years
Read a selection of volunteer quotes to find out why they enjoy taking part in the BBS.
What effect might annual releases of non-native gamebirds be having on native biodiversity?
Henrietta Pringle reveals the work behind a recent paper on gamebirds and predation
Climate change in a warming world
BTO science contributes to our understanding of future scenarios, and informing policies and conservation management strategies to help species adapt.