We regret to announce that this year's camp has been cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

BTO is taking this threat seriously, with utmost concern for the health and wellbeing of their staff, volunteers and event partipants. We certainly hope to offer this opportunity again next year, so please keep an eye on the website and our social media channels early in 2021.

Event times: Friday 22nd May - 16:00 to Sunday 24th - 16:00
Availability:  Applications now open. See below.
Cost: £30.00 per person
Closing date: 29 Mach 2020

Additional information
If you will be aged 12–17 in May 2020 and are considering a career in conservation or ornithology, BTO Bird Camp is a great opportunity to develop your skills and meet like-minded people! The event aims to inspire young naturalists with amazing experiences and special insights into birds and conservation, through a weekend full of birding, ringing, nest-finding and friend-making.

Get a flavour of what the camp is all about by reading last year's report

Accommodation is in our own glamping village at The Nunnery in Thetford. During the weekend we'll explore the Nunnery Lakes reserve, where we'll experience ringing, nest-recording and other bird monitoring activities. We’ll also visit the nearby RSPB Lakenheath Fen reserve, home to Cranes, Bitterns, Marsh Harriers and much more besides. Nearby, we'll search for Breckland specialities including Stone-curlew, Woodlark and Nightjar. You’ll be accompanied throughout the weekend by an experienced team of BTO staff and volunteers – a combination birders, naturalists and scientists – all eager to share their knowledge and skills.

The Nunnery Thetford , Norfolk
United Kingdom
IP24 2PU

How to apply
To apply, please email your name, date of birth and your answers to the questions below (~300 words) to youth@bto.org by Sunday 29 March. We will notify all applicants before Easter, and provide a consent form and secure link to complete the registration process.

  • Why do you want to attend BTO Bird Camp 2020?
  • How long have you been birdwatching?
  • How often do you go birdwatching?
  • Do you take part in any BTO surveys or schemes? If so, please tell us which ones.
  • Are you a member of any wildlife or conservation-related organisations? If so, please tell us which ones.
  • What aspect of BTO Bird Camp most interests you?