BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED 17.01.2022).
17 Jan 2022
Scaup on the slide, Spoonbill on the rise
Find out how Scaup are spending their winters in the latest Wetland Bird Survey report.
20 Apr 2021
October 2020 Golden Plover Survey - Can you help?
On 17–19 October 2020 there will be a coordinated census of Eurasian Golden Plovers across Europe, repeating comparable surveys carried out in 2014, 2008 and 2003... read more
15 Oct 2020
BTO CEO Andy Clements to retire
After 13 years at the helm of BTO, CEO Andy Clements has decided to step down and retire from full-time work.
15 May 2020
WeBS Report now offers individual country trends
The latest BTO/RSPB/JNCC Wetland Bird Survey report has been published, including data from September 1966 up to June 2019.
02 Apr 2020
Import data from BirdTrack to WeBS
WeBS Online has launched a new feature to import data from BirdTrack, so that volunteers can, if they wish, record data in the BirdTrack apps and then import the relevant list from BirdTrack into... read more
05 Mar 2020
UK wetlands get a health check
The Wetland Bird Survey Alerts, published today, assesses change for 471 site-species populations on 82 SPA’s. Found out how our protected wetland sites are faring.
22 Oct 2019
New look WeBS Online
The data entry system for the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS), WeBS Online, has been updated.
07 Aug 2019
Next WeBS Core Count date: 15 July 2018
July is a quiet month on most inland waterbodies, with many birds on nests or with fledged young, but please remember not to count these young birds on your monthly counts until they are 2/3 grown.
01 Jul 2018
Waterbirds in the UK 2016/17
The latest WeBS report, Waterbirds in the UK 2016/17 has been published.
10 May 2018
WeBS goes platinum
National waterbird monitoring in the UK began 70 years ago with National Wildfowl Counts in 1947.
30 Sep 2017
Help with duck identification
Mandarin and Wood Duck are stunningly beautiful birds which are commonly encountered and can be tricky to identify.
22 Sep 2017
Waterbirds in the UK 2015/16
The 35th BTO/JNCC/RSPB WeBS annual report Waterbirds in the UK 2015/16 shows that Mallard reaches a record low, Herring Gull is the most numerous gull on the open coast and the Velvet... read more
25 May 2017
Migration blog – Winter
As we get ever closer to the end of autumn the pace of migration steadily slows, and as the daylight hours shorten so does the variety of birds on the move.
Raptor ID virtual training (2 sessions, Thursdays 10am)
The training will consist of two weekly online modules of 90–100 minutes each, complemented by supported self-study exercises which will be provided after each session. The training will be run by BTO staff members Nick...