British Trust For Ornithology

Opticron has a long standing working relationship with the BTO both formally through the Trusts Business Partnership Programme and more informally with many of its staff and volunteers who own, use and occasionally break their equipment!

A long standing believer in birdwatchers giving something back to their hobby, we have been actively recruiting new members since 2005 through our Free Membership Scheme as well as supporting individual projects such as the Trusts flagship study Bird Atlas and the enormously successful Cuckoo Tracking Project.

In 2021, BTO launched the Equipment Donation Scheme which we have supported by helping to refurbish and repair faulty donated optics as well as supplying discounted optics for onward donation. The scheme helped more than 1500 young people get access to equipment and books in its first year. More information can be found here.

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