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The British Trust for Ornithology publishes a wealth of research and advice, for supporters of the organisation, conservation professionals, the scientific community and the general public. View the range of BTO publications below.

Scientific Publications

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Research Reports

Self-published research papers by BTO staff.

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Research Notes

Summaries of our approach to our work and recent activity in key areas of scientific research.

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Peer-reviewed papers

BTO staff research papers published in scientific journals.


Conservation Advice Notes

Applied advice for conservation practitioners and policymakers.

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The Breeding Bird Survey Report

The Breeding Bird Survey started in 1994, and a report is produced every year containing population changes and other results from the scheme.

Books & Guides

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BTO books and guides

BTO's range of books and guides for birdwatchers and surveyors.


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LifeCycle is the magazine of the British & Irish Ringing Scheme and the Nest Record Scheme (NRS).

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BTO News

BTO member's magazine showcasing survey results, the work of the Trust and our dedicated volunteers.

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Bird Table

The quarterly magazine for Garden BirdWatch members. 

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Annual Review

BTO's Annual Review provides a round-up of the work achieved by Trust, its volunteers, supporters and partners during the last year, as well as setting out future plans and reporting on BTO finance

In Partnership


The State of the UK's Birds

The State of the UK's birds (SUKB) report provides a one-stop shop for all the results from annual, periodic and one-off surveys and monitoring studies of birds.

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State of Nature Report

Over 50 Uk conservation organisations contribute to this assessment of nature across the UK.

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State of Birds in Wales

Produced jointly by RSPB, BTO, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Welsh Ornithological Society (WOS), the State of Birds in Wales Report provides a current overview of the state of breeding and wi

Survey results, reports and newsletters

Our ongoing fieldwork surveys publish results and update our volunteers on an annual basis. View publications for the Breeding Bird Survey, Wetland Bird Survey, the Ringing Scheme, BirdTrack and the Garden BirdWatch scheme.