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.

Jubilee Medal

BTO Medal winners

The Jubilee and Tucker Medals were awarded at the BTO’s annual conference 2017. Dr Bob Harris was the recipient of the Jubilee Medal in recognition of over forty years devotion to the Trust, whilst Dr Ken Smith was awarded the Tucker Medal for his outstanding contribution to the work of BTO since 1974. Read more about both here.

Golden Plover by Edmund Fellowes

The State of the UK’s Birds 2017

Just published, the latest State of the UK's Birds Report highlights how our birds are doing. Some of our summer migrants are arriving earlier, the distributions of others are moving north and some are just beginning to colonise. The report is only possible due to the efforts of volunteers who take part in BTO surveys.

European White-fronted Geese by Chris Upson

Latest wild bird indicators published

The recent indicators reveal continuing recent declines in farmland birds, seabirds and wintering waterbirds. Breeding birds of woodlands, wetlands and waterways have been relatively stable in the past five years, following earlier declines in some groups. Based almost entirely on data collected by volunteers contributing to national bird monitoring schemes, such as the BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey and the BTO/RSPB/JNCC Wetland Bird Survey, these indicators are calculated annually for Defra by BTO and RSPB.

Whinchat by Edmund Fellowes

Jenni's coastal challenge

BTO's Jenni Border has successfully finished the final part of her autumn running challenge to raise money for Whinchats. Having completed the Norfolk coastal marathon, and then the other 20 miles of the Norfolk coastal path the next day, she has so far raised £893.62 of her £1000 target!  A big thank you to everyone who has supported her and a big well done to Jenni!