Frequently asked Questions
Can I take part in the GBFS?
The GBFS is restricted to approximately 250 gardens in each year and these are selected carefully from pre-existing participants in the larger year-round BTO Garden BirdWatch survey. For a full explanation, see GBFS instructions.
Can I obtain a new or replacement GBFS form?
If your GBFS form has been lost or was not delivered to you, please contact Clare Simm at your earliest convenience: email clare.simm [at] bto.org; tel. 01842 750050.
When are my GBFS forms due?
The due dates for the GBFS forms vary year-to-year. If you have lost your instructions for the specific winter period, please contact Clare Simm at your earliest convenience: email clare.simm [at] bto.org; tel. 01842 750050.
On my GBFS form, do I record water as a feeding unit?
Water is not currently classified as a feeding unit since the main remit of the survey is to examine the influence of bird food on species abundance and diversity.
Scottish Birdwatchers' Conference
Every year the Scottish Ornithologist's Club arrange a one-day Scottish Birdwatchers’ Conference, organised by a local branch of the SOC, in conjunction with BTO Scotland.
Bird ID (Residential, Berry Head, Devon)
Develop your bird identification skills on this weekend course for relative beginners and improvers. Expect a combination of indoor sessions covering the basics of bird identification and outdoor sessions to build your...