BirdTrack is a tool designed by birders that makes it easy to log what you see wherever you go birdwatching. Once you have set up a free BirdTrack account at, you’ll be able to upload your observations to the global database, allowing you to make comparisons with your own and other birders’ records. At the same time, your data will be available for use in research and conservation at the local, national and global scale.

Version 2 is a major upgrade to the BirdTrack app. It has many great new features, including global bird recording and a choice of taxonomies, and more features will be added over time. There are considerable changes from Version 1 so we recommend that existing users make a full back up of their device on iTunes (including all apps) before updating.


- Log your bird sightings from anywhere in the world.

- Flexible taxonomy: choose from multiple species baselists including the International Ornithological Congress World Bird List, the BirdLife International Complete Bird Checklist and various regional and country-based options.

- Offline mapping and observation recording, enabling use in places with no data connection.

- Existing BirdTrack users can access the same set of personalised places on both the web and mobile devices.

- ‘Smart’ species dropdowns for adding your sightings, offering species in order of the most-frequently recorded for the current location.

- Simple +/-/circa buttons to easily add and modify species counts during your birding visit.

- Optional sighting details including breeding evidence, remarkable and sensitive record settings.

- Seldom-recorded species, high counts and out-of-season sightings flagged during verification to alert you to possible data entry errors.

- ‘Targets’ feature to show the most-recorded species that you’ve yet to log this year or ever.

- Designed to be translatable into most languages; if yours isn’t yet supported, contact the developer.

Register for a free BirdTrack account at

Developed by the British Trust for Ornithology, on behalf of the BirdTrack partnership.

What's New

Version 2.1.9

This version introduces improvements to the registration pages, both for layout and usability.

It also includes a couple of bug fixes:
- Species sort order selection (between alphabetical or pre-defined sort order) was not being applied correctly.
- The Complete/Casual list control was not aligning correctly on smaller screen devices

Ratings and Reviews

2.3 out of 5

12 Ratings
12 Ratings

Used to be great but now not worth it

Gee Gee 21

This is in response to a reply to someone else's review where the developer wanted some more details on what was wrong with the app.

As I said above it used to be great. I used it all the time. Easy to use, intuitive, very user friendly, allowed bird watchers to contribute data to the BTO plus they got access to others sightings.

Now -
* No casual sightings allowed.
* When trying to create a site visit to record sightings - unable to create a new location - seems to always take an existing name and I'm unable to change it.
* Interface very confusing. After using it for years I fumble around but don't seem to be able to do anything.
* Unable to see local sightings entered by other bird watchers.
* The experience of trying the app is so frustrating that I always give up. The only reason that I don't delete it is that I'm hoping for an update that brings back the old app.

This was great. Please try and find the resources to put it right again.



Frustrating app to use. Not very intuitive to navigate, plus there are a number of issues such as poor location recognition, the map disappearing with no rhyme or reason as to why. Doesn’t seem to allow casual sightings even though I’m given the option too. Disappointing, as was looking forward to contributing.

Disappointingly poor


Back to the web version of BirdTrack for me. This is awful. It should be a tablet-friendly version of the website, at the very least. Start again. Squanders the opportunity to engage new and existing bird recorders and reflects poorly on the BTO.


British Trust for Ornithology
17.2 MB
Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 British Trust for Ornithology


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