Blogs on specific topics
Our Demog blog features latest news and stories from the BTO’s Ringing and Nest Recording teams, along with some fascinating contributions from blog followers.
Spring and autumn are exciting times of year as migrant birds arrive in and depart from Britain. In the Migration Blog, we make predictions about when to expect interesting migrant arrivals.
Why is BTO certified Disability Confident Committed? Jenna Woodford, BTO's Social Media Officer, reflects on their experience as an applicant and as an employee.
Exploring Birds through Art
Alicia Hayden, BTO Youth Advisory Panel member, writes about her love of birds and art, and how they coalesce in her growing portfolio.
21 Mar 2022
26 Years as a BBS Volunteer
As 2022's BBS approaches, volunteer John Gibson reflects on his journey into BTO and the 26 years of BBS at his local patch in Wigan which followed.
14 Mar 2022
A Word with Tim Birkhead
BTO Youth Rep Jasmine Canham sits down with Tim Birkhead to talk about the inspiration and ideas behind his new book, Birds and Us.
01 Mar 2022
Six Decades of Farming for Nature
Our CEO Juliet sits down with Vine House Farm founder Nicholas Watts to unpack his passionate support for wildlife-friendly farming.
25 Feb 2022
Birding 101 challenges young people to explore birds through written art
BTO Youth’s online training programme Birding 101 is a series of free, virtual sessions for young people to learn all about birding in the UK. It has been a huge success so far, with over 100 young people from across the UK engaging in multiple sessions. These sessions have provided a safe space for young people to celebrate their passion for birds, share their experiences and develop their knowledge and skills.
25 Feb 2022
A Haar Day's Month: Gull Tracking on the Isle of May
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a seabird ecologist? BTO scientist Daniel Johnston shares his first experience catching and tagging gulls to collect valuable data about their behaviour.
21 Feb 2022
My Patch: A Lockdown Gift
One year on from the third national lockdown, BTO volunteer Harriet Day writes about discovering the joy of birding closer to home during times of restricted travel.
25 Jan 2022
Out in the Field
BTO Youth Rep Gethin Jenkins-Jones shares his experience surveying the River Usk to collect data on Cormorant and Goosander populations.
20 Jan 2022
Migration blog review of 2021
Whilst 2021 was a stop start year for many of us the same could be said for migrating birds, but for very different reasons.
16 Dec 2021
Migration blog – Winter
As we get ever closer to the end of autumn the pace of migration steadily slows, and as the daylight hours shorten so does the variety of birds on the move.
12 Nov 2021
Supplementary bird feeding – a conservation balance
Dr Kate Plummer and colleagues discuss the delicate conservation balance of providing additional food for birds.
09 Nov 2021
Migration blog (22nd – 28th October)
Many bird watchers have been lamenting on what a poor autumn it has been so far for migration, with numbers of common, scarce, and expected rare species down on what would normally be expected.
22 Oct 2021
Migration blog (15th – 21st October)
Changeable winds over the coming week could herald the first big arrival of Dark-bellied Brent Geese.
15 Oct 2021
Spurn Young Leaders Course 2021
Attendees of BTO's Young Leaders Course 2021 reflect on what they learned at Spurn.
12 Oct 2021
Migration blog (8th – 14th October)
Heading towards the middle of October, focus shifts to some of our winter visitors.
08 Oct 2021
Migration blog (1st – 7th October)
October is for many birdwatchers their favourite month of the year, with a real mix of common migrants, winter visitors and the occasional mega rarity thrown in for good measure.
01 Oct 2021
Migration blog (24th – 30th September)
No sooner had I pressed the button to publish the last migration blog, the weather forecast for the week changed completely – the expected easterlies were replaced by westerlies and as a result reports of many of the common migrants fell away.
24 Sep 2021
Migration blog (17th - 23rd September)
Many of our summer visitors will be well on their way by now with Swallow, Willow Warbler, and Swift sightings rapidly falling in the last couple of weeks. Whilst some species such as House Martin will be around for a bit longer, over the next week these too will depart en masse before the cooler conditions of autumn really start to take affect.
18 Sep 2021
Migration blog (10th – 16th September)
With the past week seeing a rise in temperatures across much of Britain and Ireland the pace of migration continued to grow, with the settled conditions providing migrant birds with clear skies and favourable winds.
10 Sep 2021
Migration blog (3rd – 9th September)
With the first days of Autumn upon us and the breeding season over for many species, the focus is now on preparing for the coming winter months. Whilst some species will remain within Britain and Ireland, others will be leaving or passing through en route to wintering grounds further south.
02 Sep 2021
BTO Data Reports
Our reports provide rigorous scientific information to inform Environmental Impact Assessments in the UK.
One bird, twelve journeys, 60 000 miles and invaluable scientific data: PJ the Cuckoo has left an incredible legacy.