About BTO

A WORLD INSPIRED BY BIRDS AND INFORMED BY SCIENCE 

BTO harnesses the skills and passion of birdwatchers to advance our understanding of ornithology and produce impartial science, communicated so that it can be of benefit to everyone.

OUR GOALS

BTO increases knowledge of birds and other wildlife, and their relationships with the environment and people, by:

  • Enabling more people to learn about birds and science and grow through participation in environmental discovery.
  • Delivering impartial, impactful and relevant science. Inspiring and empowering people with an understanding of birds and the importance of knowledge.

OUR PRIORITIES

We will reach our goals by:

  • Providing more and better opportunities for people to contribute to our work.
  • Monitoring the status of species, researching their ecology and understanding how they respond to change.
  • Communicating great stories that bring to life the longterm data, information and knowledge that we hold.

OUR IMPACT

Our surveys, monitoring schemes and research programmes are designed by expert scientists to answer some of the most pressing questions affecting birds and their habitats. Because of our independence we are able to share our data, expertise and knowledge to inform decisionmakers, educate the public and support conservation action. Our long-term datasets provide a measure of change and enable us to look for impacts and test solutions. Our vibrant volunteer network makes us highly effective and ensures that our work reflects the interests of those for whom birds and wildlife are important.

OUR FOUNDATIONS AND VALUES

The success of BTO is based on firm foundations that include: motivated and skilled staff and volunteers; a strong reputation; a robust business model and effective governance systems and processes.

We are:

  • Inclusive and supportive
  • Impartial
  • Passionate
  • Collaborative and open to new ideas

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