BTO science covers two important aspects: monitoring and research. Our integration of the two is a significant strength of the organisation. 

We combine the skills and passion of birdwatchers with innovative analyses and the latest data-gathering technology. We deliver science that is impartial, impactful and relevant, informing the management of the natural world.

Redshank. Edmund Fellowes

Collecting evidence

BTO coordinates over 60,000 dedicated volunteers to collect biological data to build robust, long-term datasets.

Innovative methods

BTO's staff of expert scientists are constantly developing better methods to capture and analyse high quality data.

Policy impacts

BTO informs sound conservation policy & practice via the production of high-impact impartial publications.
Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), by Vi Poultry / BTO

Science across the UK

Our offices in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland provide local habitat and species expertise for our scientific research.

Meet our national teams >