BTO relies heavily on the efforts of thousands of committed and skilled volunteers, who take part in our long-term monitoring schemes. The data they collect generate robust and long-term evidence describing changes in the populations of birds and other wildlife, which in turn prompts further research and conservation action. BTO continually innovates to improve survey design and ease of participation, while broadening our supporter base is a key aim for the future.
Feeding garden birds changes Blackcap migration patterns
New research using data from BTO's Ringing Scheme and Garden BirdWatch shows how we are shaping the natural world through actions in our own back gardens.
Effectiveness of the European Natura 2000 network to sustain a specialist wintering waterbird population in the face of climate change
Predator management for breeding waders: a review of current evidence and priority knowledge gaps
Long-term and large-scale multispecies dataset tracking population changes of common European breeding birds
Nocturnal thrushes affected by artificial light
New research from BTO has investigated the effect of artificial light at night on birds, indicating that nocturnal migrants are attracted to more brightly lit areas.
What’s the score for Copeland’s symphony of seabirds?
Northern Ireland Seabird Coordinator Katherine Booth Jones describes her love for the wild coastal habitats of Northern Ireland and the charismatic seabirds that inhabit them.
Review of the potential of seabird colony monitoring to inform monitoring programmes for consented offshore wind farm projects
Working together for seabirds
BTO work supports effective monitoring of our seabirds and aims to provide opportunities for a new generation of seabird surveyors.
Climate and land use changes: similarity in range and abundance changes of birds in Finland and Great Britain
BirdTrends 2020: Trends in numbers, breeding success and survival for UK breeding birds
The BTO's BirdTrends report is a one-stop shop for information about the population status of the common breeding birds of the wider UK countryside.
What's next for our waders?
Recent BTO work focuses on understanding the variation in Curlew and other UK wader populations so that we can help suggest actions to conserve them.
New estimates of the size and trend of the world population of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper using three independent statistical models
Our Lost Seabirds
The UK’s seabirds are struggling and they need our help to survive. BTO’s new campaign – Our Lost Seabirds – aims to turn the tide.
Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2020
Tern colonies around Northern Ireland had a catastrophic year. Despite this, many seabirds such as Guillemots had a good breeding season.
Citizen science reveals patterns in Pied Flycatcher breeding
New research uses data from BirdTrack and the Nest Record Scheme to investigate how adaptable breeding Pied Flycatchers are to a changing climate.
Help us monitor Mountain Hares in the Scottish uplands with our new survey
Do you spend time in the Scottish uplands? Help us with a new project monitoring Mountain Hares.
Wader population trends on the UK's open coast
Newly published research from BTO underlines the importance of the UK’s rocky shores and sandy beaches for waterbird species.
Migration blog (mid-January – mid-February)
BirdTrack organiser, Scott Mayson, and Media Manager, Paul Stancliffe, reveal what species have been on the move during the last month and what we can expect over the month ahead.
Our volunteers: the beating heart of BTO data
Head and Principal Ecologist, David Noble, shares why volunteer-collected data are so important for an organisation like BTO.
Strengthening the evidence base for temperature-mediated phenological asynchrony and its impacts
The earlier arrival of spring, measured by plants flowering, insects emerging, and the timing of egg laying and migrants arriving in birds, is one of the most obvious impacts of climate change on the...
The State of the UK's Birds 2020
Providing an annual overview of the status of the UK’s breeding and non-breeding bird species in the UK, this year’s report highlights the continuing poor fortunes of the UK’s woodland birds,...
Delivering robust population trends for Scotland's widespread breeding birds
Research from BTO Scotland investigating how to improve the effectiveness of the BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) in monitoring Scotland’s birds.