New tracking devices our transforming our understanding of bird movements, and the fate of individuals. As part of MoveTech Telemetry, BTO plays an important role in the development of these devices, as well as using them for innovative research. Different tracking devices, such as geolocators to satellite tags, are documenting for the first time the global migrations of a range of species, from Willow Warblers and Spotted Flycatchers to Arctic Skuas and Cuckoos. At a more local scale, these technologies also enable us to study habitat use and home ranges, whether of raptors in East Anglia, or waders on the coast.
Meet the Class of 2022
BTO scientists tagged seven Cuckoos to in June 2022, to further our understanding of Cuckoo migration and survival.
PJ the Cuckoo: his legacy lives on
Record-breaking Cuckoo PJ has died in his summer territory in King's Forest, but data from his tag continues to inform our research.
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...
Hotspots in the grid: avian sensitivity and vulnerability to collision risk from energy infrastructure interactions in Europe and north Africa
BTO travels to Europe!
BTO travels to key conferences in Europe to share research and experience with colleagues from around the globe.
Rush or relax: migration tactics of a nocturnal insectivore in response to ecological barriers
New research involving BTO has confirmed the theory the migratory birds use different strategies at different points on their migratory journeys, speeding up when passing through inhospitable regions...
Tracking Lesser Black-backed Gull behaviour around windfarms
GPS technology data reveals a detailed picture which may be used to inform future collision risk assessments when new offshore developments are proposed.
Habitat selection and specialisation of Herring Gulls during the non-breeding season
New collaborative BTO research has used GPS to provide insights into the movements and habitat needs of Herring Gulls outside the breeding season. Researcher fixed GPS tags to 20 Herring Gulls...
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.
Development of a weak-link wing harness for use on large gulls (Laridae): methodology, evaluation and recommendations
Spatial and temporal differences in migration strategies among endangered European Greater Spotted Eagles Clanga clanga
Supporting our colleagues in Ukraine ...
GPS tracking reveals landfill closures induce higher foraging effort and habitat switching in gulls
During the 20th century, gull populations across the globe increased rapidly in response to human activities, with the availability of waste food in landfill sites a key driver of their success....
LifeCycle issue 10, Spring 2021
This edition also includes feature articles on catching corvids, nesting in your garden and finding Blackcap nests, provides an update on the Garden CES trial, introduces readers to the wonderful...
GPS tracking of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Spain reveals birds moving between rice fields and landfill, leading to the possibility of contimation of land used for food production.of to possiby
PJ the Cuckoo breaks records
PJ the Cuckoo has arrived back in his Suffolk home – becoming the first bird in the project to complete his fifth annual migration cycle.
Feeding garden birds changes Blackcap migration patterns
New research using data from BTO's Ringing Scheme and Garden BirdWatch shows how we are shaping the natural world through actions in our own back gardens.
Our Lost Seabirds
The UK’s seabirds are struggling and they need our help to survive. BTO’s new campaign – Our Lost Seabirds – aims to turn the tide.
Spatial patterns of weed dispersal by wintering gulls within and beyond an agricultural landscape
Long‐distance migrants vary migratory behaviour as much as short‐distance migrants: an individual‐level comparison from a seabird species with diverse migration strategies
Carryover effects of long-distance avian migration are weaker than effects of breeding environment in a partially migratory bird
LifeCycle issue 9, Winter 2020
It also features articles on monitoring Moorhen, Crossbills and Twite, creating a nest recording group, explains what researchers have done with the nests that have been supplied by nest recorders in...
Individual variability and versatility in an eco-evolutionary model of avian migration
It has been known for some time that Blackcaps employ several different migration strategies. Birds breeding in central Europe either migrate south-west or south-east for winter, with a switch...
DNA diet profiles with high‐resolution animal tracking data reveal levels of prey selection relative to habitat choice in a crepuscular insectivorous bird
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED 17.01.2022).
Migration blog (July – August)
As we progress through late summer and our gardens and surrounding countryside are filled with the young from this year's breeding season, it seems odd that for some birds autumn migration is...
Effect of GPS tagging on behaviour and marine distribution of breeding Arctic Terns Sterna paradisaea
Pilot Tracking Study of the Migratory Movements of Shelduck to Inform Understanding of Potential Interactions with Offshore Wind Farms in the North Sea
Following a review of current knowledge of the migratory movements of British and Irish Shelduck Tadorna tadorna in relation to the potential risks to the species associated with offshore wind farms...