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.
Kickstart your BirdTrack Year
Kickstart your BirdTrack Year by taking part in a big year; BirdTrack will identify some target species that you are missing.
Development of a weak-link wing harness for use on large gulls (Laridae): methodology, evaluation and recommendations
Resilient protected area network enables species adaptation that mitigates the impact of a crash in food supply
Oystercatcher numbers are declining in the UK, in line with the trends for wader species globally, and with ever greater anthropogenic changes to wader habitats, it is vital we understand the...
The Icelandic Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus population: current status and long-term (1986–2020) trends in its numbers and distribution
Birds of Conservation Concern 5
The same group of experts undertook a parallel exercise to assess the extinction risk of all bird species for Great Britain (the geographical area at which all other taxa are assessed) using the...
Setting priorities for climate change adaptation of Critical Sites in the Africa-Eurasian waterbird flyways
Better utilisation and transparency of bird data collected by powerline companies
The continued increase in global energy demand requires expanding networks of power supply. High-voltage overhead powerlines, however, pose a collision and electrocution risk to some bird species if...
Assessing movements of Lesser Black-backed Gulls using GPS tracking devices in relation to the Walney Extension and Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farms
Offshore wind farm developments form a major part of the UK government’s commitment to obtain 15% of the UK’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. However, there is concern over the...
The importance of habitat data
Habitat information is vital for understanding how birds use their environment. BTO's Ailidh Barnes explains why in this blog post.
Designing effective survey and sampling protocols for passive acoustic monitoring as part of the national bat monitoring
New taxa added to BirdTrack
You can now record butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, and orchids in BirdTrack
Sensitivities to land use change by breeding Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) in Britain
Populations of Short-eared Owls are declining across many parts of their range, including here in Britain, where their breeding range contracted between 1990 and 2010. The relationships between a...
The Shetland Bird Survey: Population trends
Population trends are estimated for the first time for twelve species based on Shetland Breeding Bird Survey data collected between 2002 and 2019.
Making the most of BirdTrack data
We have been working to produce useful summaries for bird reports using data from the millions of annual BirdTrack records.
Recovering the Eurasian Curlew in the UK and Ireland: progress since 2015 and looking ahead
A tale of two warblers
Despite limited 2020 data due to COVID-19 restrictions, the latest BTO/RSPB/JNCC Breeding Bird Survey report highlights interesting trends.
A tale of two warblers
Fortunes of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers revealed in the latest BTO/JNCC/RSPB 2020 Breeding Bird Birvey report.
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.