BTO science covers two important aspects: monitoring and research. Our integration of the two is a significant strength of the organisation. We combine the skills and passion of birdwatchers with innovative analyses and the latest data-gathering technology. We deliver science that is impartial, impactful and relevant, informing the management of the natural world.
Collecting evidenceBTO coordinates over 60,000 dedicated volunteers to collect biological data to build robust, long-term datasets.
Innovative methodsBTO's staff of expert scientists are constantly developing better methods to capture and analyse high quality data.
Policy impactsBTO informs sound conservation policy & practice via the production of high-impact impartial publications.
Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2020
Tern colonies around Northern Ireland had a catastrophic year. Despite this, many seabirds such as Guillemots had a good breeding season.
Identifying small mammals from their high-pitched squeaks
Research published in British Wildlife by a team led by the BTO provides new possibilities for sound identification to be used as a non-invasive survey method.
Meet our national teams
BTO has offices based in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, providing local habitat and species expertise for our scientific research, and closer support for volunteers across the UK.