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.
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
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, Britain’s army of volunteer bird surveyors could come to the rescue.
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 population is increasing.
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.
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.
Continuing influences of introduced hedgehogs Erinaceus europaeus as a predator of wader (Charadrii) eggs four decades after their release on the Outer Hebrides, Scotland
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.