About BTO Scotland

Ptarmigan by Edmund Fellowes
Survey work on Whinchats by Chris Wernham
Curlew young by Hugh Insley
BTO training day in Glencoe by Chris Wernham


Scotland is special. Its birds, habitats, and environmental challenges differ from other parts of the UK.

To ensure that BTO is effective in Scotland, we need a Scottish base. The Scottish Government, SNH and other organisations look to us for relevant evidence to support their needs.

Scotland has remote and dramatic landscapes - it's part of what makes it special. It also has a relatively low human population density. These things combined make it harder to find all the volunteers we need for optimum survey coverage. A Scottish office helps us to reach out across Scotland and get people counting.

Our Scottish base is also essential for carrying out research that is appropriate for Scotland, whether through volunteers, professional fieldworkers or with research collaborators.

The staff in our Scottish office understand the specific needs of their country. They provide an important point of contact for our regional volunteer network and our many members, funders and partners. They also carry out another important role. Their deep Scottish knowledge is fed back to BTO's headquarters to ensure that UK-wide monitoring schemes, surveys and research projects are relevant to Scotland

You can contact us at:

BTO Scotland, Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA.  Telephone: 01786 466560. E-mail: scot.info [at] bto.org