BTO relies heavily on the efforts of thousands of committed and skilled volunteers, who take part in our long-term monitoring schemes. The data they collect generate robust and long-term evidence describing changes in the populations of birds and other wildlife, which in turn prompts further research and conservation action. BTO continually innovates to improve survey design and ease of participation, while broadening our supporter base is a key aim for the future.
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.
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.
Working in partnership for seabirds
BTO has joined JNCC and RSPB in a key milestone for the Seabird Monitoring Programme.
Results from the latest Breeding Bird Survey report provides a stark warning for five of the UK's internationally important breeding wader species
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...
Breeding ground temperature rises, more than habitat change, are associated with spatially variable population trends in two species of migratory bird
Eurasian African Bird Migration Atlas spreads its wings
The Eurasian African Bird Migration Atlas makes the results of ringing and tracking data available to anyone wanting to explore the migration and movements of European birds.
Sustainability and citizen science: estimating the carbon footprint of the Breeding Bird Survey
BTO Data Scientist Simon Gillings explores the results of BTO's investigation into the carbon footprint of biodiversity monitoring.
The carbon footprint of biodiversity monitoring
Whilst it is essential that we have accurate information about how wildlife is faring in this changing world, we also need to be mindful of the carbon footprint generated by monitoring activities.
A review of the BTO/RSPB/JNCC Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) Low Tide Counts scheme with recommendations for its future operation.
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?
More than birds: a butterfly story
Steve Oates, a BBS volunteer, writes about his journey into butterfly conservation.
Achieving global targets for renewable energy
BTO's Aonghais Cook discusses the challenges associated with an environmentally sensitive, socially just transition to global renewable power.
The potential for analyses of monitoring scheme data to inform about the impacts of invasive on native 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
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.
Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2021
Fulmars continue to decline across most sites, while large gulls buck the national trends and are increasing across Northern Ireland.
A framework for climate change adaptation indicators for the natural environment
BTO leads collaborative research to create framework for assessing climate change adaptation.
Warming temperatures drive at least half of the magnitude of long-term trait changes in European birds
Climate change is impacting wild populations, but its relative importance compared to other causes of change is still unclear. Many studies assume that changes in traits primarily reflect effects of...
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.
Help monitor the UK’s seabirds by taking part in the Seabird Monitoring Programme
The Seabird Monitoring Programme monitors the populations of the UK’s breeding seabird species, thanks to the dedication of volunteer and professional scheme participants who visit seabird...
National Nest Box Week
Valentine's Day marks the start of National Nest Box Week. The first mention of Valentine's day as a romantic celebration was Chaucer's 14th Century poem The Parliament of Fowls, where he imagined it...