BTO Spring Raffle 2020

Thank you for supporting our first online only raffle and helping to raise just over £11,000 from tickets and donations for our work on Short-eared Owls.

Short-eared Owl. Amy Lewis

Help us to expand pioneering tracking work to understand Short-eared Owls and the environments they inhabit. 

Our early Spring Raffle has now closed for entries. Your support helped us to raise £11,022 in ticket sales and donations. Thank you!

The winning numbers were drawn on 2 April 2020. These are listed below next to each prize and the lucky winners are in the process of being contacted. 


The prizes were:

  • First Prize*: A professionally-guided birdwatching break for two in southern Portugal with 1058259

  • Second Prize: £750 cash 1094852 won by Ms Gray of Dorset

  • Third Prizes: Five winners will each win £100 Haith's super-clean bird food vouchers to help Britain's beautiful wild birds thrive this winter from 1022396, 1032315, 1050081, 1063784, 1071121.

​The raffle was open to residents of mainland Great Britain (this excludes Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands) and you must be over 16 to play.

Early Bird Draw

Our Early Bird Draw, for those playing online in the first two weeks, has now closed and the five winners are currently being contacted.  Each winner wins £50 and their tickets are also entered into the main draw.  The winning ticket numbers are: 1013721, 1054101, 1060856, 1092033 and 1097274.

The Early Bird Draw deadline was 11.59pm Thursday 6 February 2020.


Entries were £1 each. The raffle closed on 26 March 2020. Late entries will be treated as a donation.

Unlike in previous years, we did not produce or mail paper tickets to supporters. All entries were online. 

Please note, if you paid for your tickets via credit card this may have incurred a fee charged by your issuing card provider as the purchase of lottery, raffle or prize draw tickets is classed as Gambling. This fee will vary depending on your provider and will probably be described as a cash advance on your statement. However not all providers do make a charge and therefore you should check with your cardprovider's terms and conditions, or alternatively pay by debit card.

You support will help our pioneering tracking work to gather data to better understand Short-eared Owls and hopes to provide guidance towards securing a future for Short-eared Owls and the environments they inhabit.  Read more about this work.

More about the prizes

First Prize – A professionally-guided birdwatching break for two in southern Portugal with

Birding in Portugal. Frank McClintock
A fantastic prize with great birding in great company. The Quinta was so beautiful and peaceful and Frank and Daniella did us proud. We hope to go back one day. 2019 raffle first prize winner 

*Update 25.3.20 Due to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) this prize will be reviewed at a time when we have a better idea of the outcome and impact on travel and appropriate arrangements made. Currently the prize can be taken up until October 2020 but we realise this may not be achievable or desirable and will be working with Birding in Portugal and the winners. 

Back for a second year, this prize was really well received last year, and we are delighted that Birding in Portugal are generous enough to offer it again. 

There will be plenty of opportunities to watch and photograph birds with the help of experienced guides from Birding in Portugal, which has been leading small groups of birders and nature-lovers throughout southern Portugal for over thirty years now. If you would like to visit a variety of wildlife-rich locations to see species such as Great and Little Bustard, Black-winged Kite, Iberian Magpie, Western Swamphen and Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, this could be your chance.

Birding in Portugal is offering a special birdwatching break for two people over four days, including flights, transfers, accommodation, breakfast and dinner, plus one and a half days of expertly guided birding. The lucky winners can book their stay from April to October subject to availability. For those not wishing to travel by train, there is a 300 euro budget  (kindly provided by Birding in Portugal) per couple for alternate means for getting there. The current Coronavirus situation is being monitored and travel advice may affect the time period over which this trip may be taken.   

Birding in Portugal trips are usually based at the aptly-named which is a small Quinta in a stunning and secluded lakeside location in the hills of the southern Alentejo, a few miles north of the Algarve. You can enjoy great food and service in beautiful and tranquil surroundings overlooking terraced gardens in a unique eco-experience as the Quinta is completely off-grid – though you’d never know it.

The Quinta is under an hour’s drive from the Atlantic coast, so if you would like to explore further, you could arrange to hire a car from the airport or use taxis from the local village. Faro airport is about one and a half hours away by car and Lisbon two and a half. Depending on availability you may also be able to extend your stay – and most guests do!

Thank you to Frank and Daniela McClintock for offering such a wonderful prize for our raffle this year. Find out more at their website here.


Second Prize - £750 cash to spend how you wish!

Haiths - Healthy seed,  healthy birds
Haiths Winter Berry seed mix

Third Prizes - Five sets of £100 Haith's super-clean bird food vouchers to help Britain's beautiful wild birds thrive this winter.

Help support a greater diversity of bird species by selecting from Haith's extensive collection of high-quality bird diets. It's time to open up your garden to a greater variety of birds.

We're delighted that landmark British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) research suggests an array of bird diets presented to the Nation's garden birds (including sunflower hearts, suet, and insectivorous bird foods) are now supporting a greater diversity of birds in Britain's urban spaces. This news backs our suspicions that bird food variety appears to be the spice of urban bird life.  

The five lucky winners will have the freedom to select from our entire offering - Britain's broadest collection of high-quality bird food. Visit the website to find out more. You can spend the full voucher in one big spending spree or draw a little down each month to make sure the feeders remain full throughout 2020. 

In addition to the voucher, we'll help you identify the best bird food, bird feeders and accessories for your regular garden guests. 

Since 1937, bird food variety has remained at the heart of Haith's offering, and each seed blend we produce undergoes one of the toughest workouts in the birdcare industry: our award-winning SuperClean quality control screening. 
Visit Haiths Birdfood to find out more

Thank you for taking part and supporting the work of the BTO.


  • The closing date of the raffle was 11.59 pm on 26 March 2020. The draw took place on 2 April 2020.
  • Players had to be aged 16 years old or over. No person under this age is allowed by law to enter the BTO Raffle.
  • The Raffle was open to residents of mainland Great Britain (this excludes Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands)
  • Any person who entered the BTO Raffle who is under 16 years old will automatically forfeit any prize and will be excluded from future entries. If a child under 16 years old is found to have participated in a lottery after the lottery draw has taken place, then a full refund will be made to that person and any prizes that might otherwise have been due to them will not be paid out. If prizes have already been paid out, all reasonable attempts will be made to recover them.
  • Complaints will be handled in line with complaints procedure. Complaints that cannot be resolved by BTO including personal attention from the Promoter will be escalated to a third party; The Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS).
  • The seven winners will be notified in writing and a list of winning numbers will be provided on our website at
  • BTO reserves the right to publish the names of winners.
  • The cost of each ticket and entry was £1.
  • There are no cash alternatives to the non-cash prizes and no interest is payable.
  • No cancellations or refunds are offered for raffle tickets.
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