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The British Trust for Ornithology was formed in 1933 to promote and organise research into bird populations. This includes their distribution, numbers, movements and breeding behaviour. There has been a big emphasis over the years of field work undertaken by members in all branches of ornithology. Several projects are organised and include the Nest Record Scheme and Common Bird Census. In addition the Trust undertakes special surveys of individual species and habitats. BTO data is increasingly being used to monitor the status of British birds in relation to changing agricultural practices, climate and effects of pollution and pesticides. The BTO's Garden Bird Feeding Survey has been running for over 30 years and the recently set up Garden BirdWatch survey, that has proved very popular and recruited many new members, is already yielding valuable information. You can join Garden BirdWatch separately but most people soon find that want to become full members!
Members receive a news bulletin, BTO NEWS, six times a year. Garden BirdWatch members receive THE BIRD TABLE, four times a year. BTO staff will give advice and information and local work is organised by a network of voluntary Regional Representatives. There are national and regional weekend and one-day conferences that give members a chance of hearing and meet BTO staff, fellow birdwatchers and leading ornithologists.
By joining the BTO you can make a direct contribution to conservation and learn a great deal about birds.For further information on membership, and how you can take part in surveys and help conserve birds, check out the BTO web pages at:
The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) was formally launched in 1990. Its purpose is to conserve bats, their roosts and their feeding habitats. Bat populations have declined and the BCT works to prevent further declines and to encourage growth of threatened populations. It also helps to raise public awareness and understanding of bats and provides information about activities which could affect bats and their conservation needs. The BCT can also show how to look after bat roosts, if you are lucky enough to have one in your house or outbuildings; how to build and install bat boxes; make your garden bat friendly; and more.For further information, and how you can help conserve bats, check out the BCT web pages at:
Last updated: 10 June 2004. Donald Perkins maintains this page at http://www.llansadwrn-wx.co.uk