Welcome to the BTO

Looking out for birds? Share your interest in birds with others by being part of the British Trust for Ornithology. 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.

Cuckoo montage 2017

Announcing the Cuckoo Class of 2017

The details of six Cuckoos satellite-tagged this spring in Norfolk, Suffolk, Sherwood Forest and the New Forest have now been added to our website for you to follow. Some of these are still waiting for their names to be confirmed but you can support the project and sponsor your favourite here
Cuckoo and Nightingale Appeal

New Cuckoo and Nightingale Appeal

Both Cuckoo and Nightingale populations have suffered staggering declines in the last 40 years. It’s more vital than ever that we push on with the ground-breaking research we have begun on Cuckoos and pull out all the stops to unearth as much as we can from the information we hold in our archives about the Nightingale. Support our new appeal here.
Oystercatcher. Photograph by John Proudlock

Help fill the gaps for the European Atlas

With the breeding season in full swing, can your birdwatching help fill important gaps in the European Breeding Bird Atlas? Submit your records with breeding evidence to BirdTrack to help this project.
Walk for wildlife walkers

Walk for wildlife this summer

This summer why not get your walking shoes on and join other people committed to raising money for wildlife? There are still four Walk 4 Wildlife events left to run over the summer including a night walk in the New Forest, a 20 mile stroll in London and a three peak challenge.