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BBS form, David Tipling

Submitting BBS data for 2018

There are now three tutorial videos available, covering three aspects of the BBS Online system to help those using the online system to submit and edit 2018 data:

Logging in and entering data

Mapping and editing your route  

Editing data

All three can be found on the BBS-Online webpage, along with further information on the online system. Remember, when entering data; using the tab button on the keyboard to move from one data entry... read more

12 Mar 2018

Brambling, photograph by Jill Pakenham

Across continents, birds respond to changing climate

New research involving the BTO shows how bird populations are consistently responding to the effects of climate change on two continents. The study, led by the University of Durham, analysed data on abundance collected between 1980 and 2010 from 145 common species in Europe, and 380 in North America. UK data includes records collected by volunteers taking part in the Breeding Bird Survey and its predecessor the Common Birds Census, both coordinated by the BTO.

01 Apr 2016

Red Admiral by John Harding

Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey

We are teaming up with Butterfly Conservation again for another year of the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey to monitor butterflies across the general countryside, and we need volunteers to count butterflies on a local 1-km square. Don’t worry if you can’t tell your rare blues apart; we are  primarily interested in counts of common species, and a butterfly ID chart is provided. Breeding Bird Survey volunteers can count butterflies on extra visits to their normal square (contact bbs [at] to sign up), and butterfly-only squares are available via Butterfly Conservation (email survey [at] butterfly... read more

11 Jul 2013

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