For every £1 ticket in the British Trust for OrnithologySpring Raffle 2020, you have the chance to win:

1st Prize A birdwatching break for 2 in southern Portugal with www.birdinginportugal.com *
2nd Prize £750 in cash!
3rd Prizes  Five sets of £100 Haith's super-clean bird food vouchers to help Britain's beautiful wild birds thrive this winter. www.haiths.com

Welcome to the British Trust for Ornithology Raffle

Help us to track one of our most enigmatic breeding birds.

Short-eared Owls are an amazing species but they are in decline, and the reasons are unclear. Through pioneering tracking work we are now gathering data to understand them more and hope to provide guidance towards securing a future for Short-eared Owls and the environments they inhabit.

Short-eared Owls can be nomadic, breeding almost prolifically in some years and areas, yet in others appearing to be absent. Sadly, they seem to be declining and Bird Atlas 2007-11 also shows a range contraction of 48% between 1970 and 2010. The reasons underlying these changes have been a mystery but now we can start to learn more.

We’ve carried out pilot work on seven owls in Scotland to find out more about habitat use, how it differs between day and night and throughout the year, and now we can scale up the work to collect essential data needed to understand their year-round requirements and migration strategies.

Your support of the raffle will help us to understand the needs of this struggling species.

Thank you for your support.

Who are BTO?

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is a UK charity that focuses on understanding birds and, in particular, how and why bird populations are changing.

Our vision is of a world where people are inspired by birds and informed by science. We strive to achieve this vision by harnessing the skills and passion of thousands of volunteers to advance our understanding of ornithology, in particular, through our bird surveys and schemes. We combine the resulting scientific outputs with interesting stories and powerful images to engage more people in this work and to inspire people to take action. Working in partnership with volunteers we have been monitoring the UK’s birds since 1933 and have extended our coverage to include other wildlife too.

We are a non-campaigning organisation and our aim is to conduct all of our work with the highest scientific rigour in order to produce robust evidence that can be used by anyone wishing to understand birds, other wildlife, their habitats and how different interventions may affect them.

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Banner Photograph: Alex Meek
Person responsible for the raffle: Ieuan Evans, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU.
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