Scotland's winter visitors: why and how do they migrate?
From geese and swans to thrushes and warblers, discover the secrets of our winter birds' migration.
'After Dark' at the Welsh Ornithological Society Annual Conference 2022
BTO, RSPB and WOS came together to deliver a series of talks in fields ranging from nocturnal migration and wader ringing to offshore windfarms and owl conservation.
BirdTrack migration blog (November–December)
With November upon us, the focus for many birdwatchers shifts away from autumn migration and towards winter birding.
BirdTrack migration blog (21st-27th October)
With a switch to easterly winds, a flood of migrants was seen along the East coast, much to the delight of those able to get out and witness it.
BirdTrack Migration Blog (14th - 20th October)
With birds arriving from all points of the compass, the last week continued where the previous week left off: a mix of ultra-rare species and scarcer migrants arriving alongside more commoner species.
BTO goes batty
Through the Endangered Landscapes Programme, scientists using the BTO Acoustic Pipeline to support biodiversity monitoring are making some amazing discoveries.
Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder competition flies high at Spurn
The competition is now in its seventh year, and the knowledge and skills of the entrants were as impressive as ever.
The Making of Into the Red
When 140 artists and writers come together, united by a common goal: to raise funds for the UK's most vulnerable birds.
BirdTrack migration blog (23rd-29th September)
Given the seemingly unfavourable conditions over the past week, it has been a pleasant surprise to see such a diverse range of specie
Avian Influenza Appeal
Avian influenza has devastated seabird colonies and now threatens our wintering migrant birds. Support our research - donate to our Avian Influenza Appeal today.
A new partnership for geese and swans
BTO, JNCC and NatureScot join in a new partnership for the Goose and Swan Monitoring Programme.
Sharing our seabird research
From Black Guillemots to Eider and Arctic Skua, our scientists discussed a range of research at the International Seabird Group Conference in August.
Identifying, understanding and solving conservation issues
BTO's CEO Juliet explains how we use our data to drive positive change for the UK's birds.
Dragons and damsels
You can submit your dragonfly and damselfly sightings to BTO via BirdTrack or Garden BirdWatch. Find out why these records are so important in Rob Jaques' blog.
Tackling the challenge of avian influenza
Our Director of Science James Pearce-Higgins discusses Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and BTO's role in the response to the current outbreak.
Songbird migration across the Sahara
Mark Wilson, BTO Research Ecologist, reflects on his work tagging songbirds to collect data about their migration routes over the Sahara.
Celebrating the first Scottish Bird Camp
The first weekend in June saw us co-hosting the first ever Scottish Bird Camp, held in partnership with the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC).
BTO Data Reports
Our reports provide rigorous scientific information to inform Environmental Impact Assessments in the UK.
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.
Belfast's Unsung Seabird
Despite the human hustle and bustle, Belfast Lough is at the heart of Eider conservation in Ireland.
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...
Bringing birds to Chelsea Flower Show
Our Garden BirdWatch team is attending Chelsea Flower Show this year, to celebrate the ways we can bring birds to our gardens.
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.