BTO Scotland

BTO Scotland (British Trust for Ornithology)

The BTO is responsible for the annual monitoring of population levels of the majority of widespread bird species breeding or wintering regularly in the UK, through schemes such as the BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey, Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) and the Hen Harrier Winter Roost Survey for England and Wales. It is also responsible for less frequent surveys of some other raptor species, such as the SCARABBS survey of Peregrine Falcons.  BTO runs the British and Irish Ringing Scheme and, for monitoring reproduction, the Nest Record Scheme.

BTO Scotland supports the development of a sound and effective Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme, based on its expertise in integrated population monitoring. The Scottish Raptor Monitoring Coordinator (SRMC) is employed by BTO Scotland on behalf of the SRMS, and works from the BTO Scotland office in Stirling for 2-3 days each week. BTO Scotland takes the lead on annual data curation, analysis and reporting for the SRMS, and also shares its skills and experience in volunteer engagement and training, and web-based data collection for the benefit of the Scheme.

BTO Scotland representatives on SRMG: