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.
The urban sprawl
BTO's Head and Principal Ecologist, Gavin Siriwardena, explains how the urban landscape is affecting our wild bird populations.
Blue Tits missing from gardens following heatwave
Garden BirdWatch has shown that some of our favourite garden species have been struggling this year, possibly due to the unusually warm spring.
Feed our finches
Autumn is the perfect time to clean and fill up your bird feeders ready for the cold months ahead - look out for Siskins and Bullfinches.
BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED- 13.11.2020).
Evaluating the potential for bird‐habitat models to support biodiversity‐friendly urban planning
Breeding bird communities within a parkland-woodland continuum: the distinctiveness of wood-pasture
Stop to watch for mental health
BTO has produced a downloadable podcast narrated by actor Martin Shaw, aimed at improving wellbeing through mindful birdwatching.
German Blue Tit disease identified
What is happening in the UK and how you can help us monitor wildlife disease.
Pick up a birding book bargain
A suite of BTO publications are on offer in our store, with some substantial savings to be had.
What we can learn from 25 years of watching gardens
Exploring the value of a complete quarter-century of weekly garden bird observations from BTO's Garden BirdWatch covering the length and breadth of the country.
Join the Garden BirdWatch community from home
We're giving everyone free access to BTO Garden BirdWatch during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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
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.
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 demographic data. In addition, Hugh also acted as the Coordinator for BTO Project Owl and as 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.