Welcome to the BTO

Looking out for birds? Share your interest in birds with others by being part of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Volunteer surveyors, members and staff work in partnership to provide unbiased information about birds and their habitats. Join or volunteer today and make birds count.

Tree Sparrow by Ron Marshall

Bird Indicators 2018

The latest updates of the UK and England bird indicators based on population trends of wild birds were published today. These indicators are part of the government’s suite of biodiversity indicators and show how the fortunes of birds of farmland, woodland, waterways and wetlands, and marine and coastal areas have fared between 1970 and 2017.

Swift by Dennis Atherton

BirdTrends report 2018

The latest BirdTrends report makes for interesting reading, and suggests that Swift could potentially be moved from the amber to red list as a bird in need of conservation action when the list is next updated, and a move from green to red for Greenfinch. It’s not all bad news, 23 species have shown a doubling in population size over varying periods of time. Read more here.

Brian Marsh and Award winners by Jake Davis

BTO Marsh Awards 2018

The five Marsh Awards for Ornithology, and the Dilys Breese Medal for communication, were handed to six very deserving recipients at a glittering ceremony at the launch of the Natural Eye 2018 exhibition in the Mall Gallery, London.  Dr Juliet Vickery (Ornithology) and Louis Driver (Young Ornithologist) were amongst those honoured. Read more here.

Tawny Owl by Howard Stockdale

Take part in the Tawny Owl Calling Survey

The Tawny Owl Calling Survey launches on Friday 28th September 2018. It's really easy to contribute to the survey and we want as many people as possible to take part. We think our Tawny Owl population is in decline. The species has been moved to the Amber List of Birds of Conservation Concern - but we need better data. By taking part you'll help to increase our understanding of Tawny Owl calling behaviour and distribution.

Take part in the
Tawny Owl Calling Survey