Beyond the maps appeal

About the appeal

Beyond the maps is an ambitious two year programme of scientific research. We will be using data from Bird Atlas 2007–11 to help us to understand the driving forces behind our changing bird populations to inform conservation action. Please help by making a donation today. 


  • If we don’t act now it may be too late for some species. Ring Ouzel, Snipe and Whinchat are all showing signs of significant decline.

  • The UK breeding distribution for Short-eared Owl has almost halved in the last 40 years

  • Severe declines for breeding waders such as Redshank and Curlew

  • Why are woodland birds like Hawfinch, Wood Warbler and Willow Tit amongst the 20 species showing the greatest range contractions in Britain?

Why donate?

Good conservation depends on good science and the BTO is the best-placed organisation with the specialist knowledge to carry out this work on this unique dataset. But, as a charity, we depend on people like you.

Every species has a story to tell. The changes are complex but unless we do further research now, we won’t understand why these changes are occurring until it is too late.

If you believe our islands should be better for birds, then please make a donation today.


Dr Simon Gillings, BTO Senior Research Ecologist

"We need to analyse the huge amounts of data we collected for the Bird Atlas so we can make robust evidence-based recommendations to help bird species which appear to be declining in numbers, like the Bullfinch, Short-eared Owl and Redshank" .

BTO Senior Research Ecologist, Dr Simon Gillings

Bird Atlas - Beyond the maps


Make a donation

Donating online is quick and simple.

Donateto Beyond the Maps

You can also donate by card over the phone by calling 01842 750 050 or send us a cheque made payable to the ‘British Trust for Ornithology’ to The Fundraising Team, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU or Text MAPS14 £5 to 70070.

Your donation will help us...

Your donation will go towards vital scientific research that will be used by us, and other organisations, to answer the pressing conservation questions of the next decade.

To do this we will need to:

  • Create bespoke computer programmes to automate the analysis of the huge amounts of data collected by volunteers of the Atlas
  • Interpret the patterns found in the Bird Atlas data
  • Secure satellite imagery, climate data, agricultural and forestry statistics
  • Publish conservation recommendations for species and habitats

Our target

It's going to be a huge project and we estimate that we will need to raise £150,000 to complete the first stage of our Beyond the maps research.