BirdTrack is an online citizen science website, operated by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) on behalf of a partnership of the BTO, the RSPB, BirdWatch Ireland, the Scottish Ornithologists' Club and the Welsh Ornithological Society (Welsh: Cymdeithas Adaryddol Cymru).[1][2][3] It is also available though mobile apps.[4]

BirdTrack allows birdwatchers to record the names and numbers of birds seen in a specified location anywhere in the world.[5] It acts as a log for those wishing to maintain lists of their own sightings,[3][2] but also feeds data into various scientific surveys,[2] is used for research and conservation purposes,[3] and generates maps for public consumption. The maps are rendered using OpenStreetMap data.[6]

BirdTrack is part of WorldBirds, a global initiative to record bird sightings.[3]

In October 2014, data from BirdTrack was used as evidence in the conviction of a gamekeeper for illegally killing ten Common Buzzards and a Eurasian Sparrowhawk.[7]

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Main page, as seen on 25 April 2016
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  1. ^ "BirdTrack partners". British Trust for Ornithology. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Bird Track". National Biodiversity Network. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "BUBO, eBird, BirdTrack and WorldBirds". WorldBirds. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Using the BirdTrack app". Bedfordshire Bird Club. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Bardsey gets all census data into BirdTrack". Bardsey Bird and Field Observatory. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  6. ^ "BirdTrack data home". BirdTrack. Archived from the original on 16 December 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  7. ^ Moran, Nick (2 October 2014). "BTO: How BirdTrack and BTO survey data helped convict Allen Lambert". BirdGuides. Retrieved 25 April 2016.

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BirdWatch Ireland

BirdWatch Ireland (BWI) is a voluntary conservation organisation devoted to the conservation and protection of wild birds and their habitats in Ireland. It was formerly known as the Irish Wildbird Conservancy (IWC). Irish Wildbird Conservancy was founded in 1968, among others by Major Robert (Robin) Ruttledge, an Irish ornithologist who became its first president.BWI has over 15,000 active members and supporters, and a network of 30 branches actively promoting the importance of birds and habitats, and general conservation issues. It publishes the annual journal Irish Birds and the quarterly magazine Wings. It manages a number of nature reserves including Little Skellig.BirdWatch Ireland is a member of the Irish Environmental Network, the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN), Environmental (Ecological) NGOs Core Funding Ltd (EENGO), Working and Educating for Biodiversity (WEB) and the Irish Uplands Forum (IUF). They also work closely with the Irish National Biodiversity Data Centre in providing wildlife monitoring data.

British Trust for Ornithology

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is an organisation founded in 1932 for the study of birds in the British Isles.

Ross's gull

The Ross's gull (Rhodostethia rosea) is a small gull, the only species in its genus, although it has been suggested it should be moved to the genus Hydrocoloeus, which otherwise only includes the little gull.

This bird is named after the British explorer James Clark Ross. Its breeding grounds were first discovered in 1905 by Sergei Aleksandrovich Buturlin near village of Pokhodsk in North-Eastern Yakutia, while visiting the area as a judge. The genus name Rhodostethia is from Ancient Greek rhodon, "rose", and stethos, "breast". The specific rosea is Latin for "rose-coloured".

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a charitable organisation registered in England and Wales and in Scotland. It was founded in 1889. It works to promote conservation and protection of birds and the wider environment through public awareness campaigns, petitions and through the operation of nature reserves throughout the United Kingdom.The RSPB has over 1,300 employees, 18,000 volunteers and more than a million members (including 195,000 youth members), making it the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe. The RSPB has many local groups and maintains 200 nature reserves.

Scottish Ornithologists' Club

The Scottish Ornithologists' Club (SOC) is a Scottish ornithological body, founded in March 1936 at the premises of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. As of 2008, the SOC has 2,200 members. The Club runs the Scottish Birds Records Committee, which maintains a list of birds recorded in Scotland. In 2007, the club was awarded the Silver Medal by the Zoological Society of London.

Welsh Ornithological Society

The Welsh Ornithological Society (Welsh: Cymdeithas Adaryddol Cymru) is an organisation which promotes the study and conservation of birds in Wales. Each year it organises a conference and publishes two issues of the journal Welsh Birds, one of which contains the Welsh Bird Report. It was founded on 26 March 1988 at a conference in Aberystwyth. It now has about 250 members. The television presenter and author Iolo Williams has been the society's president since November 2009.The society runs the Welsh Records Panel which decides on the authenticity of records of rare birds in Wales. It considers records of species recorded five times or less each year and decisions are published in the report Scarce and rare birds in Wales. The body continues the work of the Welsh Records Advisory Group founded in 1967.

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