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.
North Wales Urban Gull Survey
Participate in a one-off survey of urban Gulls in North Wales this spring.
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.
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 referred to as ‘scaly leg’ or ‘tassel foot’) in British finches.
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 chicks 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 track the changing fortunes of our garden birds alongside 12,000 other Garden BirdWatchers.
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
Kate's principle 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.
Kate is currently undertaking a one-year fellowship, investigating the role of garden bird feeding in shaping British bird communities.