Special Day giving

Support our work by asking for donations instead of presents, or giving a gift donation or membership.

Ask for donations instead of presents

If you have everything you need and your friends and family are insisting on having a party or buying presents why not ask for donations to be made and use this as an opportunity to raise funds for the BTO?

Whether it’s because you love watching the birds in your garden or have a passion for birdwatching, requesting donations instead of material goods is really rewarding for you and those making the gifts. It’s a perfect way to support Britain’s birds and aid their conservation.

Some ways that you could help raise vital funds

Raise money online

Set up a personalised JustGiving page and email the link to friends and family. 

Collect donations at a celebratory event

Ask friends and family to your celebration and let them know that you will be collecting donations for BTO, so that they come prepared. We can provide promotional material to help you with the event.

“When we celebrated our wedding we suggested that guests might want to support the BTO's Migration Atlas, and particularly the Pink-footed Goose pages, instead of giving us presents. We raised hundreds of pounds for the BTO, and each skein of Pink-feet we see is a reminder of a great day. A flock of toasters would have had far less appeal”  - BTO Member

Ask friends and family to send their gifts directly to us

Fundraising Team
The British Trust for Ornithology
The Nunnery
IP24 2PU

Please request that cheques rather than cash be sent and that the celebration be noted down. Cheques should be made out to ‘British Trust for Ornithology’.

We can send you a certificate to show how much you have raised. 

Get in touch

If you would like to use your special occasion - be it a birthday, anniversary, retirement, wedding or even Christmas- as an opportunity to support us, please call our Fundraising Team on 01842 750050 or email fundraising [at] bto.org

Give a unique gift

Or, if a loved one is passionate about birds and securing a better future for wildlife, you could make a donation to celebrate their special day. The gift could support a particular appeal, or the full range of the work carried out by BTO. We can produce a personalised certificate and letter acknowledging a donation made in their name.

  • Contact our Fundraising Team on 01842 750050 or email fundraising [at] bto.org for more information.

You can also give BTO membership as a gift

Other ways to support our work

If you're looking for a different way to support our work, there are plenty of opportunities:

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