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.
More than birds: a butterfly story
Steve Oates, a BBS volunteer, writes about his journey into butterfly conservation.
Achieving global targets for renewable energy
BTO's Aonghais Cook discusses the challenges associated with an environmentally sensitive, socially just transition to global renewable power.
The potential for analyses of monitoring scheme data to inform about the impacts of invasive on native species
Human activity can help as well as hinder UK butterflies
View the 2021 results from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
Rapid adaptive modelling for policy support towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals: Brexit and the livestock sector in Wales
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
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.
Irregular silviculture positively influences multiple bat species in a lowland temperate broadleaf woodland
The study was carried out on the Rushmore Estate on Cranborne Chase in southern England and forms part of a wider biodiversity project overseen by Andy Poore, Forest Manager, Rushmore Estate and...
Identifying small mammals from their high-pitched squeaks
Research published in British Wildlife by a team led by the BTO provides new possibilities for sound identification to be used as a non-invasive survey method.
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED 17.01.2022).
Do surveys of adult dragonflies and damselflies yield repeatable data? Variation in monthly counts of abundance and species richness
BTO Acoustic Pipeline
The BTO Acoustic Pipeline brings cutting-edge sound identification of bats and other nocturnal wildlife to your desktop.
Butterflies bounce back
The summer of 2019 provided another welcome boost to butterfly populations, according to the latest results from the annual UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS).
Bats in urbanising landscapes: habitat selection and recommendations for a sustainable future
Urbanisation is amongst the most ecologically damaging changes in land use, posing significant threats to global biodiversity. Most bat species are threatened by urbanisation, although urban areas...
Animals of the Brecks: Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians
Breckland hosts a broad range of mammal, reptile and amphibian species which, because of their often secretive nature, can be difficult to track down without some local knowledge. This guide provides...
Tell us about the wildlife in your garden
Particpants were asked to answer a quick series of simple questions to tell us more about the wildlife 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
Help learn how farmland birds fare in winter
This survey helped build a picture of how our winter birds fare on lowland farmland in England.
How birdwatchers can tell us about declining mammals
The UK’s mammals present particular challenges for monitoring; they live in a wide variety of habitats, vary enormously in size and can be very difficult to see, but as this paper shows,...
Cuckoos: England’s loss is Scotland’s gain
The Cuckoo is quickly declining from the English countryside, but this new study using BTO data shows that despite its decline in the south of the UK, it is increasing in the Scottish Highlands, the...
Learn about the birds in your garden with Garden BirdWatch
Help with research into garden wildlife by joining our Garden BirdWatch network for free.
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.