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The Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of the Year

September 2016

Fifteen year-old George Dunbar, from Cheshire, was named Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of the Year, at the 2016 Spurn Migration Festival, ahead of four other young finalists and thirty young birders who entered this year's competition...

British Trust for Ornithology Press Statement - Pennine Grouse Moor survey report

August 2016

A bird survey that was reported to have taken place on a managed grouse moor in the Pennines has been widely quoted in the media this week...

Forget Boaty McBoatface – Flappy McFlapperson is on the move

July 2016

Named as part of a competition by schoolchildren at the Dulwich International School in Beijing, China, Flappy McFlapperson is a satellite tag wearing Cuckoo that is helping the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and Chinese scientists gather information on Beijing’s Cuckoos...

Satellite-tracking study links population declines to Cuckoo's choice of migration route

July 2016

A study tracking the migrations of Common Cuckoos with tiny satellite tags, carried out by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) over the past five years, has made a series of stunning discoveries...

A Devon Cuckoo Needs a Name

July 2016

A Cuckoo,  recently  fitted with a satellite tag in Devon by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) in order to track its migration to and from Africa, currently goes by the endearing name of Cuckoo 161319...

A Hampshire Cuckoo needs a name

July 2016

Two Cuckoos have recently been fitted with satellite tags in Hampshire by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) in order to track their migration to and from Africa...

Tagging unlocks the secret lives of St Ives’ gulls

July 2016

A newly-published paper in Ringing & Migration, the journal of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Ringing Scheme, explains how state-of-the art GPS tags have unlocked the secrets of four Herring Gulls nesting on the rooftops of St Ives, Cornwall, a seaside resort where gulls can be unpopular with residents and visitors alike during the summer months...

Welsh Yellowhammers in long-term decline

July 2016

Since 1994, Yellowhammer numbers have declined by 57% in Wales...

Winning Willow Warblers

July 2016

A population increase of 73% between 1995 and 2014 has been revealed for the Willow Warbler in Northern Ireland in the latest Breeding Bird Survey report...

Scotland's warblers doing well

July 2016

In the latest Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) report – released today – Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Whitethroat show large, long-term population increases in Scotland...

Turtle Dove population in a tailspin

July 2016

The latest Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) report published today has revealed that Turtle Dove numbers have hit a new low, declining by 93% since 1994...

Northern bird found to be more resilient to winter weather

June 2016

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Work begins on the Nunnery Lakes Discovery Trail in Thetford thanks to Tesco’s Bags of Help campaign

June 2016

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has started work on its Nunnery Lakes Discovery Trail project in Thetford following its successful award of £12,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help campaign...

Calling all young birders

June 2016

As part of the Spurn Bird Observatory Trust (SBOT) 2016 Migration Festival, SBOT, the Next Generation Birders (NGB) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) are running a competition to find the Observatory’s Young Birder of The Year...

Want to attract Goldfinches? Sunflower hearts are the answer!

June 2016

Goldfinches are being seen at garden bird feeders in ever-greater numbers, and the key attraction for them is sunflower hearts, according to an investigation into the increase of this colourful garden visitor...

The sad demise of Stanley

June 2016

In May 2014, Stanley the Cuckoo had a satellite tag fitted by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), joining a cohort of birds that would hopefully provide information to help to slow down, or reverse the dramatic decline the species is experiencing...

Unusual number of birds in gardens during April cold snap

May 2016

At this time of year most birds are starting to think about raising young, and many head out of gardens for that purpose...

Great Cuckoo Expectations

April 2016

Seven satellite-tagged Cuckoos have started to make their way home, having spent the winter in Africa...

Poor weather hits garden birds

March 2016

With the British Trust for Ornithology's (BTO) Garden BirdWatch results now published for 2015, we can see the full impact last year’s wet spring had on our garden birds...

Help needed for House Martins

March 2016

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is calling on members of the public to follow and record the nesting activity of House Martins this summer, to help understand why it is in trouble...

Cheating Cuckoo scoops book award

March 2016

‘Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature’, written by Professor Nick Davies FRS and published by Bloomsbury Publishing, has just been announced as the winner of the BB/BTO Best Bird Book of the Year 2015...

People in southern Scotland asked to go batty

March 2016

Very little is known about some of the bats to be found in southern Scotland but all that is about to change, thanks to an ambitious project that will enlist the help of people in the area...

Schoolchildren unearth interesting playing field results

March 2016

Since the summer of 2015 1,606 schools across the UK have taken part in a survey to find out what is living under their feet, and how this affects the birds that depend on the wildlife that lives in our soil...

Shoppers vote for local charities to get bags of help

February 2016

Three local charities are to benefit from the 5p charge on carrier bags, but shoppers are to decide who gets what...

Britain needs more nest boxes

February 2016

National Nest Box Week 2016 - February 14th-21st Many of the UK’s birds will struggle to find a suitable nesting site for the breeding season...

Don't miss the Garden and Urban Wildlife Conference in Durham

January 2016

Featuring talks by experts from leading wildlife organisations including the British Trust for Ornithology, Durham Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation, the Garden and Urban Wildlife Conference will be an exciting day, exploring the importance of gardens for nature...

Tawny Owls missing from gardens

January 2016

This is the time of the year when Tawny Owls can be frequently heard, and even seen, in gardens...

Sudden freezing weather drove birds into gardens

January 2016

The unusually warm end to 2015 has resulted in quiet bird tables this winter, according to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)...

RAF Honington personnel help clear the way for a new woodland

January 2016

New recruits to RAF Honington were out and about this weekend helping to clear part of the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Nunnery Lakes nature reserve, in preparation of the planting of 200 new trees...

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