Urban landscapes are increasingly being recognised for their potential to support wildlife and bring people closer to nature. BTO is conducting research to:
- Describe the processes influencing urban biodiversity; and
- Better understand the value of urban biodiversity for human well-being.
This work provides a crucial evidence base for informing wildlife-friendly urban landscape planning and management across the UK.
Join the Garden BirdWatch community from home
We're giving everyone free access to BTO Garden BirdWatch during the COVID-19 lockdown.
BTO and COVID-19
The BTO view on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED- 24.3.2020).
Disease in birds - a masterclass
Disease can have serious implications for our wild bird populations, as Wildife Vets from the Zoological Society of London explain.
The UK breeding population of Chaffinch has fallen by a quarter in just five years - we urgently need your help to understand why.
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...
Bird responses to housing development in intensively managed agricultural landscapes
Like in many countries, Britain faces the challenge of housing a growing population, but urban expansion to address this can lead to locally high rates of biodiversity loss, along with fragmentation...
A Blue Tit diary
Hazel McCambridge walks through the diary of an average Blue Tit during the breeding season.
Using GIS-linked Bayesian Belief Networks as a tool for modelling urban biodiversity
This research demonstrates the feasibility of using a GIS-coupled Bayesian Belief Network approach to model biodiversity at fine spatial scales in complex landscapes.
Explore your garden this spring with Gardenwatch
Take part in this simple collaborative project between BTO and the BBC Springwatch team.
Is bird feeding changing Britain's garden bird communities?
Newly published research from BTO shows how the popular pastime of feeding the birds is significantly shaping garden bird communities in Britain.
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.
North Wales Urban Gull Survey
Participate in a one-off survey of urban Gulls in North Wales this spring.
Robert began working at BTO in 2018 on Garden BirdWatch, where he now edits Bird Table magazine and manages the GBW ambassador program as part of his responsibilities.
Watch what your garden birds eat to provide additional insights
The Garden Bird Feeding Survey (GBFS) has charted the use of food supplements by birds in gardens for over 40 years. The network of householders that participate in the survey extends across the UK.
Garden BirdWatchers allow us to better understand disease in British finches
Weekly reports from BTO Garden BirdWatchers, as well as ad hoc sightings of disease from members of the public to Garden Wildlife Health, have aided our understanding of leg lesions (more commonly...
Hugh is a Research Ecologist in the Terrestrial Ecology team working primarily on urban birds and long term agri-environment scheme research projects. In addition Hugh also works with the Survey and Monitoring teams as the Coordinator for Project Owl and is the National Organiser for all associated surveys.
Monitor birds nesting in your garden
Make a record of the activities of nesting birds in your garden, from nest building through to the young fledging.
Report on the welfare of your garden wildlife
Tell us about sick and diseased wildlife found in your garden. Garden BirdWatch participants can also add observations when entering their usual GBW counts.
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.
Learn about the birds in your garden with Garden BirdWatch
Help with research into garden wildlife by joining our Garden BirdWatch network.
Urban Breeding Gull Surveys: A Survey Design Simulation
Includes annex: Results for Northwest England. ...
Kate's principal role is to conduct research into avian responses to environmental change, particularly urbanisation. Kate uses BTO’s large-scale citizen science datasets and novel field surveys to address important questions about urban wildlife.
Ian supports the Ecologists within BTO who are undertaking research into bird populations and ecology.
Carl is a member of the Nest Records Office, under Dr. Dave Leech, and he administers both the Nest Records Scheme and the Barn Owl Monitoring Project
Gardening for Birdwatchers
The book starts by examining the different ways in which birds use gardens, identifying elements within the garden that can be used to attract birds (and other wildlife). It then gets to grips with...
BTO reports on plans for the Thames Estuary airport
BTO ecologists have recently reported on controversial proposals to build an airport on the Isle of Grain in the Thames Estuary. This development would cause significant loss of coastal habitat...
New evidence of the impacts of winter feeding on Blue Tit breeding success
Wild bird populations...