BTO science is fundamental to conservation action in the UK, and contributes significantly to Europe-wide assessments. BTO's long-term monitoring schemes provide the data to inform conservation priorities, but also BTO research contributes significantly to conservation science. This has been both at the level of individual species, identifying causes of decline and testing solutions, and providing the evidence to inform more cross-cutting policy needs.
Urban and coastal breeding lesser black-backed gulls (Larus fuscus) segregate by foraging habitat
Tackling the challenge of avian influenza
Director of Science James Pearce-Higgins discusses Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and BTO's role in the response to the current outbreak.
Recommendations to enhance breeding bird diversity in managed plantation forests determined using LiDAR
Providing the evidence for policy
BTO Cymru’s Rachel Taylor and Callum Macgregor reflect on working at the interface between science and policy for their research on Cormorant and Goosander populations in Wales.
BTO Data Reports
Our reports provide rigorous scientific information to inform Environmental Impact Assessments in the UK.
Wild Rock Doves: solving a genetic enigma
BTO ringer and DPhil student Will Smith writes about his latest research into the distinctions between wild Rock Doves and the Feral Pigeon.
Belfast's Unsung Seabird
Despite the human hustle and bustle, Belfast Lough is at the heart of Eider conservation in Ireland. BTO's Senior Research Ecologist Kat Booth-Jones dives into research focused on this charismatic...
Utilising more data for better biodiversity assessments
From volunteer surveys to environmental DNA, how can we integrate the many different types of data to better understand birds?
World Curlew Day
The Curlew is an iconic species in the British countryside. Find out how BTO is working to support conservation of this Red-listed species.
BTO travels to Europe!
BTO travels to key conferences in Europe to share research and experience with colleagues from around the globe.
Using bird ringing data to help target conservation management
Amidst widespread declines, how can we ensure conservation is targeted and effective? Analysis of ringing data may be key to answering this question.
Ringing data for conservation
Amidst widespread declines, how can we ensure conservation is targeted and effective? Analysis of ringing data to detect patterns of survival and productivity may be key to answering this question.
Human activity can help as well as hinder UK butterflies
View the 2021 results from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
In the face of climate change, BTO joins other organisations to consider how to improve the frameworks used for conservation
A framework for climate change adaptation indicators for the natural environment
BTO leads collaborative research to create framework for assessing climate change adaptation.
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.
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.
Long-term Effects of Rewilding on Species Composition: 22-years of Raptor Monitoring in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Supporting our colleagues in Ukraine ...
Multi-taxa spatial conservation planning reveals similar priorities between taxa and improved protected area representation with climate change
Pinpointing which protected area characteristics help community response to climate warming: waterbirds in the European Union’s Natura 2000 network
Resilient protected area network enables species adaptation that mitigates the impact of a crash in food supply
Oystercatcher numbers are declining in the UK, in line with the trends for wader species globally, and with ever greater anthropogenic changes to wader habitats, it is vital we understand the...
Spatial and temporal differences in migration strategies among endangered European Greater Spotted Eagles Clanga clanga
Supporting our colleagues in Ukraine ...
Assessing drivers of winter abundance change in Eurasian Curlews Numenius arquata in England and Wales
Birds of Conservation Concern 5
The same group of experts undertook a parallel exercise to assess the extinction risk of all bird species for Great Britain (the geographical area at which all other taxa are assessed) using the...