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.
BTO's CEO Juliet reflects on the responsibility to improve our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Avoiding tunnel vision during a PhD
Sophie Bennett reflects on her recent three month placement at the BTO and the value of taking a step back from a PhD.
28 Jun 2022
Belfast's Unsung Seabird
Despite the human hustle and bustle, Belfast Lough is at the heart of Eider conservation in Ireland. BTO's Senior Research Ecologist Kat Booth-Jones dives into research focused on this charismatic seabird.
20 Jun 2022
BirdTrack migration blog (mid-June- mid-July)
As we reach the halfway point of the year, migration has slowed dramatically but the breeding season continues apace.
15 Jun 2022
What have the Cuckoos taught us?
Prior to 2011, we knew very little about what the UK's breeding Cuckoos did once they left the UK for the winter months. Over a decade since the BTO Cuckoo Tracking Project was born, we reflect on the discoveries we've made.
13 Jun 2022
Both sides of the camera
BTO Youth's Birding 101 events are part of a free training programme for young people, by young people. Lizzie, BTO Youth Representative and Birding 101 host, writes about their experience.
06 Jun 2022
BirdTrack migration blog (27th May - mid-June)
As summer approaches, the pace of migration slows; most species will be on their breeding grounds and raising their young.
26 May 2022
Migration blog (20th-26th May)
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.
19 May 2022
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
Corvid ID (1 session, Wednesday 10am)
This course involves one online session of 1 hour 45 minutes, with a trainer:participant ratio of about 1:30. Participants' microphones are muted during the sessions but there is a large interactive component, using...
Making the most of BirdTrack data
We have been working to produce useful summaries for bird reports using data from the millions of annual BirdTrack records.