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.
Our future - it's in your hands
We are developing our youth engagement programme to find and nurture our surveyors of the future. With your donation we can provide resources to educate, engage and empower.
Do drones disturb wintering waterbirds?
Newly published research, carried out by staff at BTO Scotland, has investigated the response to wintering waterbirds to drones, and shown that they can be easily scared into flight by drone use.
Evaluating the potential for bird‐habitat models to support biodiversity‐friendly urban planning
Breeding bird communities within a parkland-woodland continuum: the distinctiveness of wood-pasture
Audit of local studies of breeding Curlew and other waders in Britain and Ireland
The Eurasian Curlew is widely considered to be one of the highest bird conservation priorities in the UK and Ireland. A number of other breeding waders have also showed marked declines during a...
Livestock grazing impacts components of the breeding productivity of a common upland insectivorous passerine: Results from a long‐term experiment
What motivates the masses: Understanding why people contribute to conservation citizen science projects
Pick up a birding book bargain
A suite of BTO publications are on offer in our store, with some substantial savings to be had.
What we can learn from 25 years of watching gardens
Exploring the value of a complete quarter-century of weekly garden bird observations from BTO's Garden BirdWatch covering the length and breadth of the country.
Join the Garden BirdWatch community from home
We're giving everyone free access to BTO Garden BirdWatch during the COVID-19 lockdown.
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED- 6.7.2020).
Opening a can of worms: Can the availability of soil invertebrates be indicated by birds?
We have very little information on how earthworm numbers and soil health have changed over recent decades. This new study enlisted the help of over 20,000 children from schools up and down the...
Integrating scientific and local knowledge to address conservation conflicts: Towards a practical framework based on lessons learned from a Scottish case study
The UK breeding population of Chaffinch has fallen by a quarter in just five years - we urgently need your help to understand why.
Quantifying the spatial risk of Avian Influenza introduction into British poultry by wild birds
Public preferences for multiple dimensions of bird biodiversity at the coast: insights for the cultural ecosystem services framework
Invasion of freshwater ecosystems is promoted by network connectivity to hotspots of human activity
Widening BTO's appeal
Andy Clements, BTO's Chief Executive, looks at how BTO can engage new audiences.
The British Patch
Luke Hawkins introduces us to his patch and explains why he loves patch birding.
Investigating wader breeding productivity in the East Cairngorms Moorland Partnership Area using collaborative methods
BTO's Young Leaders Course
The attendees of BTO's Young Leaders Course reflect on what they learned at Spurn.
Gen Z and the BTO
Amy Hall discusses how BTO can better provide opportunities for the next generation of ornithologists.