Registration

Registering as a Nest Box Challenge participant

Nest Box Challenge is an online survey, so to participate you must have a user account for BTO Online Surveys. If you've taken part in an online BTO survey before, you will already have an account, but if you haven't, please click here to set one up.

Your BTO Online Surveys account is for access to all online BTO surveys, so to take part in NBC in particular, you will need to register with the survey. To do this, log in to the BTO Online Surveys homepage, look through the list of surveys for 'Nest Box Challenge' and click the Setup button.

Once you've registered for NBC, you can skip the BTO Online Surveys homepage and log in directly to NBC Data Home at any time by clicking the 'login' button in the top left-hand corner of the NBC pages.

Having registered, the next step is to tell us about your garden and the boxes and nest sites it contains...

Registering a garden/site

We want to know about your garden as well as your nest boxes because garden size, content, food and presence of predators can all have an influence on the nesting success of birds. To register a garden or green space:

  1. Log in to NBC Data Home and then click on the My gardens button in the Your options menu.
  2. Click on Register new garden button in the Garden options menu.
  3. Complete the form that appears and press the Submit button to send us the information.
  4. Confirm the registration information when asked.

If you're not sure what a question is asking, click on the Help link near the top of the page.

Once you have registered a garden, you can view its details any time by selecting My gardens from the NBC Data Home page and then selecting the button View garden or site details.

If you have another garden that you wish to register, simply repeat the process again.

Registering a nest box/nest

We need to know details about your nest boxes or nests in your garden to find out whether how they are built and where they are put affects the birds that use them. Nest Box Challenge is no longer just about nest boxes, you can register other sorts of nest sites in your garden too, such as a Robin's nest in a plant pot. To register a nest box/site:

  1. Log in to NBC Data Home and then select My boxes/nests from the Your options menu.
  2. Select Register new nest box/nest from the Box/Nest Options menu.
  3. Complete the form and press the Submit button to send us the information. If you intend to register several nest boxes or nest sites, make sure you give each one a memorable name so you can tell them apart when you next log in.
  4. Confirm the registration information when asked.

If you're not sure what a question is asking, click on the Help link near the top of the page.

Once you have registered a box/nest site, you can view its details any time by selecting My boxes/nests from the NBC Data Home page and then selecting the button View my nest boxes/nests.

If you have another box or nest site that you wish to register, simply repeat the process again.

Changing details of gardens/nest boxes you've already registered

If you've changed something about your garden and nest boxes and want to update the information you've registered about them, please click here for instructions on what to do next.