Volunteer surveys

BTO nest recorders looking for nests. Photograph by Dave Leech

Volunteers searching for nests as part of the
BTO's Nest Record Scheme

Ringing a Greenfinch

A member of the Nunnery Ringing Group rings a
Greenfinch at a Constant Effort Site.

Through the efforts of volunteers participating in BTO surveys, the bird populations of the British Isles have been monitored more effectively and for longer than those of most other parts of the world. This has produced a uniquely rich and detailed body of scientific work. This will help us to understand the complex challenges facing wild birds at a time of great change in the environment.

Volunteering with the BTO

Find out more about volunteering with the BTO and how to take part in our surveys.

Which survey is right for you?

To find out, visit our Core surveys and More surveys pages.

Current projects

Project Owl brings together a number of projects and initiatives starting in 2018, to better understand the changing fortunes of our native owls.

Completed surveys

See our complete list of ongoing and completed surveys.

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