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Ringing aims to understand what is happening to birds in the places they live and how this affects population increases and decreases, this knowledge is vital for conservation. It also gives information on the movements individual birds make and how long many live for.  You can help by looking out for ringed birds and reporting them.  

Visit our “Demog Blog” to find the breaking news on ringing and Ringing Surveys to see how ringers are focussing their efforts to provide information on population size, breeding success and survival through our Constant Effort Site (CES) and Retrapping Adults for Survival (RAS) projects. 

Many of our ringers are also nest recorders, find out more information on nesting success by visiting the Nest Record Scheme.

Go and look at the Population Dynamics and Migration and the ecology of migrants pages to see how information from ringing combines with other BTO surveys to provide fascinating insights into the lives of birds.

If you want to find out more about why ringing and nest recording is important you'll find it explainedin Demographic Monitoring: A Strategy to Increase the Contribution of Ringing and Nest Recording to Conservation Science


Latest Ringing News


Willow Warbler by Allan Drewitt

Latest CES and NRS results

The warm, settled weather that graced Britain & Ireland in the spring and summer of 2014 resulted in a bumper bird breeding season. Information collected by BTO volunteers shows that although not all of our summer migrants returned to take advantage of the conditions, those that did were generally successful in rearing the next generation. See the NRS and CES Preliminary Report for details.

Nuthatch being fitted with a ring

Is bird ringing still necessary?

As tracking technology becomes ever more advanced, the ability to follow individual birds throughout their lifetime is becoming easier, more affordable and more applicable to a wider range of species. The information gathered from these technologies can reveal far more detail about the journeys of individual birds than finding birds just with rings on. So is it still necessary to undertake general ringing? Ian Newton’s editorial in the latest British Birds sets out the reasons why the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.

Marsh Tit

The Online Ringing Report for 2013

The Online Ringing Report for 2013 is now available. The report offers insights into the lives of the 950,000 birds ringed in Britain and Ireland in 2013. Find out about the new longevity records set in 2013, including a 10 year old Marsh Tit that is still going strong. Marvel at the movements of birds caught during CES ringing, such as the Pied Flycatcher, caught as a juvenile in Powys and found breeding on the shores of Lake Bassenthwaite one year later. Or, for those interested in their local patch, explore the records of all birds ringed and reported in 2013 by country or county.