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Project partners

British Trust for Ornithology logo
RSPB logo
BirdWatch Ireland logo
SOC logo
WOS logo
BirdLife logo



BTO published a new statement on COVID-19 on 23 July 2021. We ask that BirdTrack volunteers follow this advice.

BirdTrack is not considered to be a survey, but a utility used by birdwatchers to record their birdwatching observations. BirdTrack can be used during exercise and/or recreation.

Please act in the spirit of any current guidance in the country in which you are birdwatching, and adhere to any local restrictions on travel that may be imposed at times. These local restrictions may change rapidly.

Arctic Tern Photographer Jeremy Moore

BirdTrack is a free and convenient way of storing your bird records online. BirdTrack lets you keep up to date with what others are seeing, view the latest trends, and contribute your data to BTO science.

Created through a partnership between the BTO, the RSPB, Birdwatch Ireland, the Scottish Ornithologists' Club and the Welsh Ornithological Society, BirdTrack is an exciting project that looks at migration movements and distributions of birds throughout Britain and Ireland. BirdTrack provides facilities for observers to store and manage their own personal records as well as using these to support species conservation at local, regional, national and international scales.

Taking part in BirdTrack is easy and fun. You simply provide some information about yourself, the sites where you go birdwatching, when you go birdwatching and most importantly, the birds you identify! BirdTrack allows you to store all of your bird records in a safe, easily accessible and interactive format.

To participate in BirdTrack you just need to do the following:

  • Go birdwatching and note all the species that you see.
  • Go to the BirdTrack web site and register an account. If you have taken part in any other online survey organised by the BTO then please use your existing username and password.
  • Enter the location of your chosen site(s) or select from a popular site.
  • Enter the date and time of your visit and the site you visited.
  • Record the species you saw or heard on your visit.

We hope that you will have great fun participating in BirdTrack and that you will return to the website frequently to enter more data and to find out what's happening in your area and around the country.

  • National and regional summaries updated every night throughout the year.
  • View all of your own records and compare them with the regional figures.

Record on the go with BirdTrack Apps

Log your bird sightings anywhere in the world - Learn more about our mobile apps.

  • Works without a network/WiFi connection
  • 'Smart' species dropdown for adding sightings, listing most commonly recorded species first
  • Sync all your existing BirdTrack places and upload everything into your BirdTrack account

Go beyond just data entry and use the app to 

  • View a map of recent sightings
  • View target species that you haven't seen this year / ever
  • View your year and life lists

Delve into your records

Use the 'Explore my records' function in BirdTrack to view your data in a range of exciting ways.

  • View your life and year lists at global, regional or local levels
  • View maps of all your birding locations
  • Extract the data as tables and graphs

Time / skill required

  • There is no minimum time commitment.
  • Ideally you will have fairly good bird identification skills.
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Project timeline

  • Migration watch started in 2002 with the initial aim of mapping migration.
  • Re-named BirdTrack in 2004 and expanded to cover all seasons
  • 2013 BirdTrack apps released on iOS and android
  • 2014 BirdTrack global portal released allowing data to be entered from anywhere in the world.

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