BTO monitoring first identified the biodiversity crisis in farmland and research using our datasets has been central both to diagnosing the causes of bird population declines and to evaluating the success of the agri-environment schemes (AESs) that aim to address the problem. These AESs were informed by experimental work that tested the efficacy of management options, while bespoke volunteer surveys offer a unique resource to specific habitats or management approaches at the national scale.
General licences and BTO
Andy Clements, BTO Chief Executive, sets out BTO’s position regarding the current debate about wildlife licensing.
Spare or share to benefit biodiversity?
Agriculture is necessary to meet the food demands of an increasing human population, but it is also a leading threat to biodiversity, both because natural habitats are destroyed when land is converted to agricultural use and because the intensive management of existing agricultural land has...
Making agri-environment schemes effective
BTO research is helping to shape the modern farmed landscape by informing agri-environment schemes.
Help monitor waders in NI grasslands
Help investigate whether Northern Irish lowland grasslands are supporting breeding waders.
English Farm Woodland Bird Survey
Help collect data on how birds have colonised woods planted in farmland.
Exploring relationships between land use intensity, habitat heterogeneity and biodiversity to identify and monitor areas of High Nature Value farming
Help learn how farmland bird fare in winter
Help build a picture of how our winter birds fare on lowland farmland in England.
Wading birds are benefiting from conservation action but we need more of it
Whether it is the swooping display and ‘pee-wit’ calls of a breeding Lapwing or the haunting cry of a Curlew over a tall hay meadow, breeding waders deliver some of the most iconic sights and sounds of the British countryside in spring. But, along with many of the other species breeding in...
Can volunteers’ data be used to monitor land cover change?
A new study shows that Breeding Bird Survey data can help with habitat monitoring.
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.
Monitoring Breeding Waders in Wensleydale: trialling surveys carried out by farmers and gamekeepers
Waders in decline in Strathallan, Scotland
The breeding populations of many different wader species are in decline across the globe, and there is an urgent need for information on how such changes in land management, particularly within farmland, may affect breeding waders. This study by a long-term BTO volunteer explores wader decline in...
Henrietta is part of the Terrestrial Ecology team, researching and analysing impacts of land-use on bird distributions and ecology.