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.
Tackling invasives: unpicking the definitions
BTO's Head and Principal Ecologist David Noble breaks down what we really mean by 'invasive species'.
More than birds: a butterfly story
Steve Oates, a BBS volunteer, writes about his journey into butterfly conservation.
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.
BTO travels to Europe!
BTO travels to key conferences in Europe to share research and experience with colleagues from around the globe.
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.
What does the future hold for birds in urban spaces?
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Human activity can help as well as hinder UK butterflies
View the 2021 results from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
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.
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.
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.
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.
Long-term Effects of Rewilding on Species Composition: 22-years of Raptor Monitoring in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Kickstart your BirdTrack Year
Kickstart your BirdTrack Year by taking part in a big year; BirdTrack will identify some target species that you are missing.
Assessing drivers of winter abundance change in Eurasian Curlews Numenius arquata in England and Wales
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.
Climate Change Appeal
Globally, up to 7% of birds are considered to be at risk of extinction due to climate change. Please donate today and you can support BTO’s work to collect and analyse data that highlights the real...
The sound of spring is changing
Using new techniques, this study shows that the birdsong soundscape in Europe and North America has deteriorated over the past 25 years, due to a reduction in acoustic diversity and intensity.
Climate change is already affecting the UK's birds
An increasing body of research demonstrates the impacts of climate change on bird species across the globe, revealing a range of responses.
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.
Migration blog (15th – 21st October)
Changeable winds over the coming week could herald the first big arrival of Dark-bellied Brent Geese.
Spurn Young Leaders Course 2021
Attendees of BTO's Young Leaders Course 2021 reflect on what they learned at Spurn.
Migration blog (8th – 14th October)
Heading towards the middle of October, focus shifts to some of our winter visitors.
Migration blog (3rd – 9th September)
With the first days of Autumn upon us and the breeding season over for many species, the focus is now on preparing for the coming winter months.
Herring Gulls aren't after your chips
New BTO research using GPS tracking reveals that declining Herring Gulls are more likely to be foraging on Mussels than pilfering chips.
Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder – it’s back!
Spurn Bird Observatory Trust and the BTO are once again welcoming all young birders to take part in the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder event.
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.