Founded in 1932, the British Trust for Ornithology is the UK's leading charity dedicated solely to the study of birds. Probably best well known for their bird ringing activities the BTO cover all other bases in terms of ornithological study and focus their efforts across two broad aspects - monitoring and research. High profile projects including the 'Breeding Bird Atlas' mapping the breeding status and distribution of all UK birds and 'Bird Track' charting the migratory movements of British and foreign birds, sit alongside many years of established bird surveys such as the Heronries Census, Garden Birdwatch and the Wetland Bird Survey.

Pioneers of 'citizen science', the vast majority of the BTO's surveys and projects depend upon the contributions of the general public and anyone with a basic knowledge of birds can take part. You don't have to be a member to take part, simply visit the BTO website and register an interest in any of their projects. 'The State of UK Birds' is the culmination of all of their surveys and is published annually on their website.

Apart from surveys, the BTO also carries out conservation work, often in collaboration with other wildlife charities such as the RSPB, mainly here in the UK but also abroad. They also provide a wealth of information and resources for novice and experienced bird watchers alike, and run training courses on a wide range of bird and birdwatching related topics. They are based in Thetford, Norfolk where they manage their only reserve - Nunnery Lakes.






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