British Trust for Ornithology
A world inspired by birds and informed by science.
Important message regarding COVID-19
As a result of the latest national lockdown, guidance is that survey work in England should only be carried out within the boundaries of your own property.
See following guidance from BTO: "In England, BTO surveys are technically permitted to continue through the exemption provided by the ‘voluntary or charitable activities’ clause which became applicable in November following guidance from Defra. However, the situation throughout the UK is currently extremely serious and we would very strongly advise all volunteers to err on the side of caution and adhere to the restrictions imposed on the general public. In England, this entails limiting your survey activities to within the boundary of the property in which you reside."
Before conducting any survey please read the latest BTO guidance here.
BTO Surrey region
Make your birding count – volunteer and support BTO surveys, schemes and projects!
The local Surrey BTO region runs several surveys across the patch. Since the BTO Surrey region is made up of a number of grid squares its coverage isn't quite the same as the County of Surrey and includes small parts of neighbouring counties.
Read more about the area and surveys we are involved with here.
BTO Surrey aims to:
* Maintain good coverage of surveys in the Surrey region, through recruitment and providing support to volunteers.
* Foster a vibrant community engaged and kept up to date with news and feedback of the results of their collective efforts.
* Create a community integrated into the local bird scene, with links to local bird clubs, similar groups and other neighbouring BTO communities.
About the BTO
The Surrey region is one part of the BTO organisation which wants to:
Make birdwatching count
By empowering 60,000 bird-enthusiasts to gather vital data, develop their skills and be part of a vibrant community.
Champion impartial science
By answering the most pressing questions about birds, through thorough and impartial scientific research.
Share bird knowledge
By communicating its knowledge and expertise to increase the value of birds and other wildlife for all.
Read the Autumn newsletter which includes details of sites looking for new surveyors for both the Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) and Breeding Birds Survey (BBS). Take a look and see if there are any sites near you that you would like to survey. Also there’s a plea to get involved in recording your garden birds […]
The 2019 Breeding Birds Survey (BBS) report has just been published, and is available to download from the main BTO site here. The report covers the Breeding Bird Survey news, trends and articles on related research. The Waterways Breeding Bird Survey news and trends are also incorporated into this report. There are mixed results, with […]
During this period of uncertainty, the BTO is offering free membership for it’s Garden BirdWatch scheme. Whilst our movements outside are restricted why not sign up for the Garden BirdWatch survey? The survey involves simply keeping a list of the birds you see visiting your garden over the course of a week, and then entering […]
The spring newsletter is now out with details of the new Surrey volunteer team, upcoming surveys & events plus results of recent surveys. Open this post to download the full newsletter.