Join the British Trust for Ornithology today

Join by Direct Debit, and start supporting the work of the BTO today

  • Single Membership
     
  • £3.00 a month

  • £36 a year
  • Joint Membership
     
  • £3.83 a month

  • £46 a year
  • Benefactor Membership
  • £10 a month

  • £120 a year
  • Young Birder
     
  • £12 a
    year

  • For 11 -18 year olds
  • One Young Birder membership free with Joint Membership

Join the BTO todayby Direct Debit

.Why become a member of the BTO?

Flight Lines book cover

Membership Gift - a copy of new Flight Lines book

The urgency of our work is growing. With more pressure on our wildlife than ever, knowing where and how biodiversity is being impacted becomes increasingly important.

At a time when government funding is being cut, income from individuals is crucial to us. The membership fees we receive give us the freedom to do the work that matters most - and to communicate our findings more widely.

With your support we can learn more about our birds and how we can live in harmony with our wildlife.

As a member you will receive:

  • A member's pack to welcome you into our community
  • A subscription to BTO News magazine, including Volunteer and Annual review issues
  • 15% discount on BTO training courses to improve your identification, fieldcraft and survey skills and enrich your birdwatching
  • Monthly e-newsletter with latest news, features and offers
  • Free gift - receive a copy of Flight Lines: Tracking the wonders of Bird Migration (expected Aug/Sept 2017)

Learn more about the Flight Lines book, and browse sample pages.

Concessions are available.

.Give BTO membership as a gift

BTO Member

A BTO gift membership is a great way of supporting the work of the BTO whilst providing a unique and special present for your friends or family. Gift memberships include a full welcome pack complete with a year’s subscription to our fantastic members’ magazine BTO News.

Gift memberships also receive all of the following benefits:

  • 15% discount on BTO training courses to improve your identification, fieldcraft and survey skills and enrich your birdwatching
  • Monthly e-newsletter with latest news, features and offers
  • Free gift - receive a copy of Flight Lines: Tracking the wonders of Bird Migration (expected Aug/Sept 2017)  

Buy a Gift Membershipby Credit / Debit card

.Increase your support - become a BTO Benefactor

BTO President,Chris Packham

"Join me in supporting the BTO today
- for life"
- Chris Packham, BTO President.

An increasing number of our members demonstrate their commitment to our work by becoming benefactors.

The title 'Benefactor' is awarded to one or two members, who individually or jointly, are able to give £10 or more a month for their membership. It comes with all the usual benefits, plus we'd be happy to include any additional BTO journal subscriptions you would like. As a small token of our thanks, we've commissioned an exclusive BTO Benefactor lapel badge which we hope you will wear with pride.

Benefactors help increase our financial independence and shield us from reductions in government income for research. They go a long way towards securing the longevity of our gold standard monitoring schemes.

Alternatively, consider Life Membership - Allow us to put a lifetime of membership support to good use now.

Choose 'Benefactor'when you join by Direct Debit

...Or when you join by credit card or renew by credit card.

Existing members can upgrade to become a benefactor when they renew.

If you pay annually and this payment has recently been debited at your existing rate, we will only process the balance payable. If you would like us to keep your previous payment as a donation, just let us know.

.Under 18? Join us and help safeguard the future of Britain’s Birds

Alex Rhodes, BTO member and volunteer

"The BTO community has provided me the best opportunity
to engage with, be inspired by and receive mentoring
from a strong network of  scientists and fellow young birders alike.
"
- Alex Rhodes, BTO member and volunteer

With Young Birder membership you will secure a connection with the BTO that will help you get directly involved in our vital research as a citizen scientist. You’ll have fun gaining a deeper understanding of our birds and learn new skills to enable you to help them - your own birdwatching will provide information that is at the heart of conservation.

You'll receive:

  • Our welcome pack
  • Exclusive monthly newsletters to inspire your birdwatching
  • Opportunities to join our online communities and be a guest contributor
  • Online access to our member’s exclusive magazine BTO News
  • Free gift - receive a copy of Flight Lines: Tracking the wonders of Bird Migration (expected Aug/Sept 2017)  

.Other ways to join

.BTO Membership magazines

All members receive

BTO News and Annual Review covers

BTO News, Volunteer magazine and the Annual Review


BTO members recieve four issues of BTO News and an issue each of Volunteer magazine and the Annual Review every year.

More information on BTO News, Volunteer and the Annual review.

Fellow Members receive

Bird Study journal

Bird Study journal

Bird Study is vital reading if you are interested in field ornithology - especially related to evidence-based bird conservation.

More imformation on Bird Study Journal.

Add for £12.75 a year

RInging & Migration journal

Ringing & Migration

Ringing & Migration is the journal of the BTO ringing scheme.  It is published twice a year and includes the annual report on bird ringing in Britain & Ireland for the preceding year.

More information on Ringing & Migration journal.

What BTO members say

  • Tom Cadwallender, BTO member and volunteer

    "Birds are important to us, and we've had so much pleasure from watching them, it's good to give something back. Besides, bird surveys really are great fun!"

    Tom Cadwallender

  • Alex Rhodes, BTO member and volunteer

    "The BTO community has provided me the best opportunity to engage with, be inspired by and receive mentoring from a strong network of scientists and fellow young birders alike."

    Alex Rhodes

  • Elizabeth Cook, BTO member and volunteer

    "I find the BTO News and the emails I receive helpful and inspiring - well worth the annual subscription. Anyone who is serious about their birdwatching would benefit by being a member of this outstanding organisation."

    Elizabeth Cook