Interactions between birds and people take many forms, and can be positive or negative. BTO has a good track record in delivering the impartial research needed in conflict situations to inform best management practice. There is also a growing demand to quantify the value of ‘nature’ for use in objective, economic decisions. BTO is working collaboratively to consider the wildlife benefits (and drawbacks) for different people.
Bird responses to housing development in intensively managed agricultural landscapes
Like in many countries, Britain faces the challenge of housing a growing population, but urban expansion to address this can lead to locally high rates of biodiversity loss, along with fragmentation...
Stories of rampaging 'seagulls' dominate column inches in the holiday season. Our BTO gull experts take a look at the facts behind the headlines.
A Blue Tit diary
Hazel McCambridge walks through the diary of an average Blue Tit during the breeding season.
Agri-environment effects on birds in Wales: Tir Gofal benefited woodland and hedgerow species
What effect might annual releases of non-native gamebirds be having on native biodiversity?
Henrietta Pringle reveals the work behind a recent paper on gamebirds and predation.
<p>Quantifying the importance of multi‐scale management and environmental variables on moorland bird abundance</p>
<p>Economic Analysis for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment: Synthesis and Scenario Valuation of Changes in Ecosystem Services</p>
Associations between gamebird releases and general predators
Every year, 41-50 million non-native gamebirds (Pheasant and Red-legged Partridge) are released in the UK. Fewer than half these birds are shot, meaning there is potentially a large food resource...
Explore your garden this spring with Gardenwatch
Together, the UK’s gardens cover a larger area than all National Nature Reserves combined and arguably form our most important nature reserve. As towns and city become more densely populated and...
Is bird feeding changing Britain's garden bird communities?
The study’s authors extracted information from advertising in the RSPB’s Birds magazine over a 40 year period to show how the number and variety of bird food products has risen during this time....
Tell us about the wildlife in your garden
Answer a quick series of simple questions to tell us more about the widlife in your garden for this partnership project with BBC Springwatch.
General licences and BTO
Andy Clements, BTO Chief Executive, sets out BTO’s position regarding the current debate about wildlife licensing.
Making agri-environment schemes effective
BTO research is helping to shape the modern farmed landscape by informing agri-environment schemes.
Promoting BTO science - walking the line
Can we move and inspire people with passionate, powerful communications without compromising our impartiality and scientific credentials?
Art and the written word increase engagement with migrant birds
Discover how art and the written word are increasing engagement with migrant birds and the challenges that they face
Watch what your garden birds eat to provide additional insights
The Garden Bird Feeding Survey (GBFS) has charted the use of food supplements by birds in gardens for over 40 years. The network of householders that participate in the survey extends across the UK.
Garden BirdWatchers allow us to better understand disease in British finches
Leg lesions, more commonly known as ‘scaly leg’ or ‘tassel foot’ are growths on the legs of feet of finches. A study from the Zoological Society of London in collaboration with BTO, the Complutense...
Can volunteers’ data be used to monitor land cover change?
BTO scientists were keen to see if habitat data collected by volunteers for the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) could contribute to understanding how habitats have changed. Over 2,500 BBS volunteers have...
Implications of transformation to irregular silviculture for woodland birds: A stand wise comparison in an English broadleaf woodland
Woodland birds in Britain have undergone significant long term declines since the late 1960s, associated in particular with changes in woodland structure in general, and loss of early successional...
Keep an eye on Herons and egrets with the Heronries Census
Contribute to the annual survey of all Grey Herons, Little Egrets, Cormorants and scarcer herons nesting in the UK.
Learn about the birds in your garden with Garden BirdWatch
Help track the changing fortunes of our garden birds alongside 12,000 other Garden BirdWatchers.
Report on the welfare of your garden wildlife
Tell us about sick and diseased wildlife found in your garden. Garden BirdWatch participants can also add observations when entering their usual GBW counts.
Take part in BBS - counting for conservation
The Breeding Bird Survey is the main scheme for monitoring the population changes of the UK’s common and widespread breeding birds. The survey involves two early-morning spring visits ...
Urban Breeding Gull Surveys: A Survey Design Simulation
Includes annex: Results for Northwest England. To support delivery of the latest census of the breeding seabird population of Britain and Ireland, a previous Natural England commissioned report (...
Carl is a member of the Nest Records Office, under Dr. Dave Leech, and he administers both the Nest Records Scheme and the Barn Owl Monitoring Project
Kate's principal role is to conduct research into avian responses to environmental change, particularly urbanisation. Kate uses BTO’s large-scale citizen science datasets and novel field surveys to address important questions about urban wildlife.
Kate is currently undertaking a one-year fellowship, investigating the role of garden bird feeding in shaping British bird communities.
Gardening for Birdwatchers
The book starts by examining the different ways in which birds use gardens, identifying elements within the garden that can be used to attract birds (and other wildlife). It then gets to grips with...