Donate to the British Trust for Ornithology


Despite the virus, our science isn’t stopping. Even if we are all eventually confined indoors, we will still be able to monitor the birds in our gardens, analyse and model the data we have, share our research with communities online, and more. We are working hard to ensure that the BTO community continues to be supported and that our staff are able to carry out their work safely. If this pandemic has taught us nothing else, it has shown how important scientific research is, and the need to further our understanding of the natural world.

As you can imagine, our fundraising and other activities have been severely affected by the current situation. Many of our events have been cancelled and other plans have been scaled back or postponed. This could dramatically impact the charity’s income, and therefore the work we can deliver. We will continue to communicate with you about our activities and the different ways in which you can get involved.

We are always grateful for your donations, big or small. If you are still able to give, please do so.

Thank you.

Each year we need to raise thousands of pounds to fund our research and monitoring of Britain's bird populations. The data obtained from our work provides crucial evidence for the conservation of bird species and habitats.

Little Grebe. Photograph by Ron McCombe

Ways to donate

Choose to support a specific appeal or the whole breadth of our work via the methods below.

Set up a regular monthly donation by Direct Debit

You can set up a regular monthly Direct Debit payment to us online. Regular donations really help us to plan our work in the future. It's fast, easy and secure and you can cancel at any time.

Make a single donation online today

Make a single donation online today using our secure payment system.

Chaffinches are in crisis

We urgently need your help to understand why the UK breeding population of Chaffinch has fallen by a quarter in just five years.

Other ways to donate

Make a donation through Paypal

Pay by card over the phone

You can also choose to make a card payment over the phone by calling our headquarters on 01842 750050.

Send a cheque

Or you can send a cheque made payable to the 'British Trust for Ornithology' to The Fundraising Team, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU

Please note: In response to the ongoing pandemic we have changed the ways in which we work. This means that processing and responding to donations and correspondence sent to us by post is taking longer than usual. If you have an urgent enquiry, please email Thank you for your patience and your kind support, which is of particular importance during these challenging times.

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Don't forget to Gift Aid your donation if you are a tax payer - just fill out a declaration form and send it back to us. We can then reclaim 25p out of every pound from the government. Download a copy of our Gift Aid declaration form - Gift Aid declaration form

Thank you for your support.

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