Garden Birdwatch

British Trust for Ornithology

Since 1995 the British Trust for Ornithology has collected important research data from citizen scientists via their Garden Birdwatch survey.

At the moment, during the COVID-19 lockdown, BTO is offering a year’s free membership of Garden Birdwatch. Let’s treat lockdown, while we are all confined to our homes and gardens, as an opportunity to contribute exceptionally complete data to one of the UK’s foremost researchers into the conservation of birds.

1. marsh tit, 2. blue tit,

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has been collecting and collating information about the UK’s birds since 1932, and they are now in possession of some of the largest and longest-running avian datasets anywhere in the world, used by researchers world-wide.

The BTO conducts population and breeding surveys carried out by thousands of volunteers. Much of their work is based on bird-ringing programmes in Britain and Ireland but they also work closely with other ringing schemes around the world. For instance, working with EURING, (The European Union for Bird Ringing), they have been able to identify long-term drought in North Africa as the cause of a sudden decline in the populations of sedge warblers and whitethroats in Britain and in mainland Europe.

3. whitethroat, 4. sedge warbler,

At the moment they are investigating the complex issues that are contributing to the decline of several species that overwinter in Africa, south of the Sahara, and return to Britain to breed. They begin this research here at home, in our gardens, by assessing numbers of certain species and their behaviours.

Take the BTO up on their off of free membership for a year and participate in their research into the conservation of our birds.

5. blackbird, 6. dunnock, 7. great tit.


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  1. I have been a BTO Garden Bird Watcher for more than twenty years! It is very rewarding and I have learned so much about birds and wildlife in general. I would certainly recommend anyone with an interest in garden birds and wildlife to become a volunteer!

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