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 up to 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.
Open access atlases
BTO has been working with volunteer-sourced atlas data for many decades. Now we are taking the bold step of making the full archive of distribution data freely available for anyone to use.
New Data Entry System for Garden BirdWatch
We've just launched a brand new data entry system. The new system is designed to make entering your weekly records easier by phone and tablet.
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.