Whilst a number of core BTO surveys encourage volunteers to capture data on non-avian taxa, recent field projects have also sampled other groups, often integrated with surveys of birds, to provide a greater understanding of the environment. This has included research on urban moth, butterfly and bat populations, fieldwork on the abundance of many different taxa on farmland, the development of passive sound-recording to monitor bats, bush crickest, birds and small mammals, and a wide range of research studies looking across taxa at a variety of issues, from climate change to conservation effectiveness.
Tell us about the wildlife in your garden
Answer a quick series of simple questions to tell us more about the widlife in your garden for this partnership project with BBC Springwatch.
General licences and BTO
Andy Clements, BTO Chief Executive, sets out BTO’s position regarding the current debate about wildlife licensing.
Improving our understanding of the distribution and status of bats within the Ryevitalise Landscape Partnership Scheme area
Hazel provides clerical support to the Ringing and Nest Record Scheme, working on data collection, volunteer communication and licensing among other duties. She is the lead organiser of Nest Box Challenge and Norfolk Bat Survey.
Help learn how farmland bird fare in winter
Help build a picture of how our winter birds fare on lowland farmland in England.
How birdwatchers can tell us about declining mammals
Volunteer schemes enable the large-scale surveillance and monitoring of wildlife populations across the UK, but such schemes are more effective for some species groups (e.g. birds) than others. This...
Cuckoos: England’s loss is Scotland’s gain
This study, led by PhD student Chloe Denerley and using BTO's BBS data, used local data from Devon in comparison against data on Cuckoos and their hosts, habitats, and prey items. In Devon, Cuckoos...
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. The survey involves two early-morning spring visits ...
Learn about the birds in your garden with Garden BirdWatch
Help track the changing fortunes of our garden birds alongside 12,000 other Garden BirdWatchers.
Record the bats in your local area
No knowledge of bats is required, simply borrow a detector from your local pick up point and put it out overnight to record any passing bats.
Continuing influences of introduced hedgehogs Erinaceus europaeus as a predator of wader (Charadrii) eggs four decades after their release on the Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Non-native predators can cause major declines or even localised extinctions in prey populations across the globe, especially on islands. The removal of non-native predators can, therefore, be a...
Stuart is a Senior Research Ecologist in the Population Modelling and Ecology Research Team where he is responsible for survey design and analysis of data from large national surveys of wild bird and mammal populations. Projects include a number of collaborations involving the large-scale analyses of bat and bird survey data with UK and overseas university academics and NGO researchers.