Blogs on specific topics
Our Demog blog features latest news and stories from the BTO’s Ringing and Nest Recording teams, along with some fascinating contributions from blog followers.
Spring and autumn are exciting times of year as migrant birds arrive in and depart from Britain. In the Migration Blog, we make predictions about when to expect interesting migrant arrivals.
Like the temperatures across Britain and Ireland, the pace of migration has soared in the last week as more and more birds arrive to breed or stop off on their way to breeding grounds further afield.
Sustainability and citizen science: estimating the carbon footprint of the Breeding Bird Survey
BTO Data Scientist Simon Gillings explores the results of BTO's investigation into the carbon footprint of biodiversity monitoring.
18 May 2022
Tackling invasives: unpicking the definitions
BTO's Head and Principal Ecologist David Noble breaks down what we really mean by 'invasive species'.
16 May 2022
Birdtrack migration blog (13th-19th May)
A change in weather in the last week has seen migration ramp up with more birds arriving for the summer across Britain and Ireland.
12 May 2022
More than birds: a butterfly story
Steve Oates, a BBS volunteer, writes about his journey into butterfly conservation.
05 May 2022
Achieving global targets for renewable energy
BTO's Aonghais Cook discusses the challenges associated with an environmentally sensitive, socially just transition to global renewable power.
21 Apr 2022
BirdTrack migration blog (Mid-April - May)
With winter behind us, spring migration has begun to gather pace over the last few weeks. Summer migrants are arriving, while winter visitors depart for their breeding areas.
12 Apr 2022
Using bird ringing data to help target conservation management
Amidst widespread declines, how can we ensure conservation is targeted and effective? Analysis of ringing data may be key to answering this question.
04 Apr 2022
Exploring Birds through Art
Alicia Hayden, BTO Youth Advisory Panel member, writes about her love of birds and art, and how they coalesce in her growing portfolio.
21 Mar 2022
26 Years as a BBS Volunteer
As 2022's BBS approaches, volunteer John Gibson reflects on his journey into BTO and the 26 years of BBS at his local patch in Wigan which followed.
14 Mar 2022
A Word with Tim Birkhead
BTO Youth Rep Jasmine Canham sits down with Tim Birkhead to talk about the inspiration and ideas behind his new book, Birds and Us.
01 Mar 2022
Six Decades of Farming for Nature
Our CEO Juliet sits down with Vine House Farm founder Nicholas Watts to unpack his passionate support for wildlife-friendly farming.
25 Feb 2022
Birding 101 challenges young people to explore birds through written art
BTO Youth’s online training programme Birding 101 is a series of free, virtual sessions for young people to learn all about birding in the UK. It has been a huge success so far, with over 100 young people from across the UK engaging in multiple sessions. These sessions have provided a safe space for young people to celebrate their passion for birds, share their experiences and develop their knowledge and skills.
25 Feb 2022
A Haar Day's Month: Gull Tracking on the Isle of May
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a seabird ecologist? BTO scientist Daniel Johnston shares his first experience catching and tagging gulls to collect valuable data about their behaviour.
21 Feb 2022
My Patch: A Lockdown Gift
One year on from the third national lockdown, BTO volunteer Harriet Day writes about discovering the joy of birding closer to home during times of restricted travel.
25 Jan 2022
Out in the Field
BTO Youth Rep Gethin Jenkins-Jones shares his experience surveying the River Usk to collect data on Cormorant and Goosander populations.
20 Jan 2022
Migration blog review of 2021
Whilst 2021 was a stop start year for many of us the same could be said for migrating birds, but for very different reasons.
16 Dec 2021
Migration blog – Winter
As we get ever closer to the end of autumn the pace of migration steadily slows, and as the daylight hours shorten so does the variety of birds on the move.
12 Nov 2021
Supplementary bird feeding – a conservation balance
Dr Kate Plummer and colleagues discuss the delicate conservation balance of providing additional food for birds.
09 Nov 2021
Migration blog (22nd – 28th October)
Many bird watchers have been lamenting on what a poor autumn it has been so far for migration, with numbers of common, scarce, and expected rare species down on what would normally be expected.
22 Oct 2021