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.
The Breeding Bird Survey Report
Read the latest Breeding Bird Survey Report, which summarises breeding bird population changes and other results from the scheme.
Utilising more data for better biodiversity assessments
From volunteer surveys to environmental DNA, how can we integrate the many different types of data to better understand birds?
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.