Interactions between birds and people take many forms, and can be positive or negative. BTO has a good track record in delivering the impartial research needed in conflict situations to inform best management practice. There is also a growing demand to quantify the value of ‘nature’ for use in objective, economic decisions. BTO is working collaboratively to consider the wildlife benefits (and drawbacks) for different people.
Youth Summit 2024 – much more than we hoped for
Read how dedicated volunteers, speakers and partners all came together to make this an incredible second Summit.
Understanding seabird behaviour at sea part 2: improved estimates of collision risk model parameters
Strategic study of collision risk for birds on migration and further development of the stochastic collision risk modelling tool (Work Package 1: Strategic review of birds on migration in Scottish waters)
Species- or habitat- based assessments of vulnerability to climate change? Informing climate change adaptation in special protection areas for birds in England
In this paper, two approaches commonly adopted by Natural England for climate change vulnerability assessments were used to assess the vulnerability to climate change of Special Protection Areas...
Spatially targeted nature-based solutions can mitigate climate change and nature loss but require a systems approach
Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one of the greatest challenges humankind is currently facing. A growing coalition of countries are now pledging to achieve net zero emissions, which means...
Leakage of plastics and other debris from landfills to a highly protected lake by wintering gulls
The study, led by the Institut de Ciències del Mar and Estación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC, Spain, used diet samples collected in January 2022 at the Fuente de Piedra – an inland lake in Spain...
Anthropogenic climate and land-use change drive short-and long-term biodiversity shifts across taxa
This collaborative research involving BTO attempted to start understanding how habitat change and climate change interact. The study examined changes in over 1,000 bird, butterfly, moth and plant...
Behavioural responses of Sandwich terns following the construction of offshore wind farms
Between 2016 and 2019, BTO scientists fitted Sandwich Terns breeding at Scolt Head Island in Norfolk with long-life GPS tags which tracked the birds’ movements over multiple years. When the...
Linking climate warming and land conversion to species’ range changes across Great Britain
The most notable changes over the past 75 years have been an increase in temperature and a loss of roughly 90% of lowland meadow and pasture, mainly converted to arable farmland and improved...
Flight heights obtained from GPS versus altimeters influence estimates of collision risk with offshore wind turbines in Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus
As previous BTO research has shown, bird-borne tracking devices are essential for shedding light on seabird flight behaviour. Different methods for gathering flight height information within tracking...
How do offshore wind farms affect seabird behaviour?
Research reveals a crucial link between wind farm design and Sandwich Tern behaviour in the North Sea.
Combining remote sensing and tracking data to quantify species’ cumulative exposure to anthropogenic change
The results showed that although the actual amount of change had been greatest on the breeding grounds, cumulative exposure to changes in direct mortality risk and climate were...
Big Bird Race 2023
Over 100 people across the UK came together to share their excitement about birds and celebrate BTO’s 90th anniversary in the Big Bird Race 2023.
BirdTrack migration blog (8–14 September)
As the high pressure that began the previous week continued to build and remain in charge, the weather stayed fine, dry, and hot for most parts of Britain and Ireland. These settled conditions...
Help monitor the UK’s threatened gull species by taking part in the Winter Gull Survey.
The Winter Gull Survey collects information about our wintering gull populations, through the coordinated effort of volunteer surveyors across the UK. It will run over the winters of 2023/24 and...
Bird Camp England 2023
BTO Youth was joined by 15 young wildlife enthusiasts for a weekend of learning and birding at BTO’s Bird Camp England 2023.
Celebrating BTO’s 90th birthday
Members and supporters of BTO came together at our headquarters in Thetford to celebrate 90 years of working together for birds, science and people.
Bird Camp Wales 2023
BTO Youth hosted the 2023 Wales Bird Camp at the National Trust’s Stackpole Centre in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Reduced breeding success in Great Black-backed Gulls Larus marinus due to harness-mounted GPS device
Studies involving fitting animals with bio-logging devices have provided essential information on behaviour, ecology, physiology and ultimately species conservation. Much BTO research in recent years...
BirdTrack migration blog (19–25 May)
A week of relatively settled conditions enabled a steady stream of late migrants to arrive, and allowed an occasional scarce species to make landfall.
Landscape fires disproportionally affect areas of conservation priority but only under low moisture conditions
This study identified five fires reaching more than 100 km2, a threshold often used to classify ‘megafires’. Frequent spring and summer fires predominantly started in agricultural areas, where...
New era for BTO Youth begins
BTO’s Youth Advisory Panel have presented their new Youth Engagement Strategy 2023–28 to the Board of Trustees.
BTO Youth’s Equipment Donation Scheme reaches 2,300 young people
Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of donors, EDS has now benefited over 2,300 young people across the UK.
How important is it to standardise the measured mass of shorebirds weighed at varying intervals after capture?
This paper examines this phenomenon using captures of Knot, Turnstone, Dunlin and Semipalmated Sandpiper in Delaware Bay, USA. As these waders were caught whilst actively feeding on the eggs of...
Ken Williamson's Faroe Islands Diaries: From Thetford to Tórshavn (and back)
BTO Archivist Lesley Hindley on her travels to the Faroe Islands to digitise the wartime diaries of Kenneth Williamson.
A review of the impacts of air pollution on terrestrial birds
A review paper by BTO considers 203 studies of the effects of air pollution on 231 bird species. Of these studies, 82% document at least one negative effect associated with increasing levels of...
Finding my place(ment): taking a break from a PhD
PhD student Fionnuala McCully reflects on her placement with the BTO Communications Team, and the benefits she experienced while stepping back from her studies.
Breeding waders in the Yorkshire Dales
Volunteer Annie Shadrake writes about her first year taking part in BTO surveys.