Britain's leading wild bird research organisation

Since 1933, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has become one of the world's leading authorities on wild birds. Through in depth, rigorous scientific research, the BTO continues to bring about a wider understanding and appreciation of bird species and their conservation. Within their vital work, the BTO has long acknowledged the importance of gardens as a habitat for wild birds, making their relationship with The Ernest Charles Co. particularly appropriate.

At Ernest Charles Co. are very lucky to enjoy a close relationship with the BTO and all of the great conservation and observation work they do for our British bird life. We work together to enrich and enhance the lives of wild birds in the UK, by providing critical insights into their behaviour. This amazing research allows us to create and rigorously test the products we sell, to benefit the long-term success of our garden birds.

Plus, did you know that just by caring for your garden birds you could help the BTO with their important research? Since 1995, sales of British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) endorsed products sold by us and our sister companies have raised over 1 million towards scientific research in to wild bird conservation. That means, every time you order wild bird food, bird feeders or any other bird care products from Ernest Charles Co., we donate a percentage of our profits directly to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

Want to do more for British birdlife? You can become a member of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), where you can share your experiences and take part in volunteer surveys which help to provide vital information about our British wild birds.

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