Anyone can participate in BirdTrack, but please also consider supporting these organisations by becoming a member. Read more about each of them below and click on the logos to visit their websites.
British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)
The British Trust for Ornithology has existed since 1933 as an independent, scientific research trust, investigating the populations, movements and ecology of wild birds in the British Isles. Our speciality is the design and implementation of volunteer wild bird surveys. Our partnership between a large number of volunteers and a small scientific staff has proved to be a powerful, productive and cost-effective way of monitoring wild birds. Volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life put their bird-watching skills to good use. They record wild birds systematically using survey methods developed by our scientists, who then compile the records and analyse them for publication. This work makes a direct and vital contribution to bird conservation, by enabling both campaigners and decision-makers to set priorities and target resources. It also provides a unique insight into the state of our environment and how it may be changing.
The British Trust for Ornithology is a not-for-profit trust, governed by its members through a structure of volunteer committees, which determine our policies and programmes and oversee our management. You can support the BTO by contributing bird records, by joining as a member of the Trust or by making a donation.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. We are the largest wildlife conservation organisation in Europe with over one million members. Wildlife and the environment face many threats. Our work is focussed on the species and habitats that are in the greatest danger.
Bird populations reflect the health of the planet on which our future depends. The need for an effective bird conservation organisation has never been greater. Climate change, agricultural intensification, expansion of urban areas and transport infrastructure, and over-exploitation of our seas all pose major threats to birds. The RSPB could not exist without its supporters and members. Whether you join us, give a donation, purchase items from us or undertake voluntary work, your support is vital to the future of birds and the places where they live.
BirdWatch Ireland is involved in a wide range of conservation work, including a number of survey and research projects, applied conservation projects, and the development and advocacy of policies in relation to issues of importance for the conservation of birds and their habitats in Ireland. This information forms a basis for the legal framework for the protection of Ireland's birds.
We aim to target our resources effectively to deliver nature conservation. Our work is focused through the identification of priority bird species at National, European and Global, levels. Many of our conservation projects are carried out in collaboration with other institutes and organisations, like BTO and RSPB. As a voluntary organisation, the financial support we receive from our members is vital if we are to be able to continue our bird and habitat conservation work, keep working with schools and teachers and create and manage nature reserves. By becoming a member today, you can help us in our work and make a real difference to wildlife in Ireland.
Scottish Ornithologists' Club (SOC)
The SOC is Scotland's national bird club, with over 2500 members and 14 branches around the country. Formed in 1936, the Club is a registered charity playing a central role in Scottish birdwatching. We bring together novice birdwatchers, seasoned birders and research ornithologists, with the aim of developing knowledge and skills through documenting, studying and enjoying Scotland's birdlife.
Membership is open to everyone with an interest in birds in Scotland. As a member, you receive the Club's publications and have access to a programme of illustrated talks and group outings. Local branch affiliation, based on your home address, is included at no extra cost as part of you annual Club membership fee. In addition to your local branch activities, you are welcome to participate in meetings and outings held by other branches.
SOC Members receive the Club's quarterly journal Scottish Birds - a comprehensive publication that combines research papers and notes, Club news and articles, and fully illustrated descriptive reports of rare and scarce bird sightings.
Welsh Ornithological Society (Cymdeithas Adaryddol Cymru)
The Welsh Ornithological Society (Cymdeithas Adaryddol Cymru) seeks to promote the conservation of wild birds in Wales, advance education and the study of all aspects of birds in Wales and publish the results of research into birds in Wales. The three main ways it does these is by publishing its journal ‘Birds in Wales’ (two volumes a year are printed, one with papers about recent research, the other is the Welsh Bird Report), by holding an annual conference that is open to members and non-members and by providing grants for projects to study birds in Wales.
Membership is open to everyone who is interested in birds in Wales. Through its Affiliate members – bird clubs across Wales – the Society seeks to represent the views of birdwatchers to Welsh Government and other agencies and offer benefits to all birdwatchers who support what it seeks to do.
BirdLife International is a partnership of 120 environmental, not-for-profit and non governmental organisations across the world. BirdLife partners work together in a collaborative, coordinated fashion across national boundaries to build a global Partnership of national conservation organisations.
The BirdLife partnership has 6 Regional BirdLife Coordination Offices throughout the world and a Global Office in Cambridge, UK – together known as “The BirdLife International Secretariat”. The Secretariat co-ordinate and facilitate the BirdLife International strategies, programmes and policies.
You can support BirdLife Internationals work directly by joining the World Bird Club. Members receive the acclaimed 'World Birds' magazine four times a year, featuring articles on leading experst in birds and biodiversity, as well as insights into conservation projects from around the world.
Climate change in a warming world
BTO science contributes to our understanding of future scenarios, and informing policies and conservation management strategies to help species adapt.
Widening BTO's appeal
Andy Clements, BTO's Chief Executive, looks at how BTO can engage new audiences.