BTO science is fundamental to conservation action in the UK, and contributes significantly to Europe-wide assessments. BTO's long-term monitoring schemes provide the data to inform conservation priorities, but also BTO research contributes significantly to conservation science. This has been both at the level of individual species, identifying causes of decline and testing solutions, and providing the evidence to inform more cross-cutting policy needs.
Conservation status of Welsh birds gets updated
Find out what the latest Birds of Conservation Concern review means for Welsh birds.
Framework for assessing and mitigating the impacts of offshore wind energy development on marine birds
The incursion of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) into North Atlantic seabird populations: an interim report from the 15th International Seabird Group conference
The numbers of threatened birds are greater on UK sites with the highest levels of protection.
While there is plenty of evidence to demonstrate that protected areas are effective at protecting natural habitats, their benefits for birds and other species have been less well-studied. This study...
BTO goes batty
Through the Endangered Landscapes Programme, scientists using the BTO Acoustic Pipeline to support biodiversity monitoring are making some amazing discoveries.
The Making of Into the Red
When 140 artists and writers come together, united by a common goal: to raise funds for the UK's most vulnerable birds.
Connectivity between countries established by landbirds and raptors migrating along the African-Eurasian flyway
Each year, more than two billion birds migrate along the African-Eurasian flyway. The increasing availability of tracking technology, involving attaching very small devices to migrant songbirds, has...
Avian Influenza Appeal
Avian influenza has devastated seabird colonies and now threatens our wintering migrant birds. Support our research - donate to our Avian Influenza Appeal today.
Research reveals why Willow Warblers breeding in different parts of Britain are affected by climate change in different ways.
Sharing our seabird research
From Black Guillemots to Eider and Arctic Skua, our scientists discussed a range of research at the International Seabird Group Conference in August.
Goose and Swan Monitoring Programme
This project tracks the abundance and breeding success of the UK’s native geese and migratory swans through winter surveys.
Urban and coastal breeding lesser black-backed gulls (Larus fuscus) segregate by foraging habitat
Tackling the challenge of avian influenza
Our Director of Science James Pearce-Higgins discusses highly pathogenic avian influenza and BTO's role in the response to the current outbreak.
Recommendations to enhance breeding bird diversity in managed plantation forests determined using LiDAR
Providing the evidence for policy
BTO Cymru’s Rachel Taylor and Callum Macgregor reflect on working at the interface between science and policy for their research on Cormorant and Goosander populations in Wales.
BTO Data Reports
Our reports provide rigorous scientific information to inform Environmental Impact Assessments in the UK.
Wild Rock Doves: solving a genetic enigma
BTO ringer and DPhil student Will Smith writes about his latest research into the distinctions between wild Rock Doves and the Feral Pigeon.
Belfast's Unsung Seabird
Despite the human hustle and bustle, Belfast Lough is at the heart of Eider conservation in Ireland. BTO's Senior Research Ecologist Kat Booth-Jones dives into research focused on this charismatic...
Utilising more data for better biodiversity assessments
From volunteer surveys to environmental DNA, how can we integrate the many different types of data to better understand birds?
World Curlew Day
The Curlew is an iconic species in the British countryside. Find out how BTO is working to support conservation of this Red-listed species.
BTO travels to Europe!
BTO travels to key conferences in Europe to share research and experience with colleagues from around the globe.
Using bird ringing data to help target conservation management
Amidst widespread declines, how can we ensure conservation is targeted and effective? Analysis of ringing data may be key to answering this question.