The Ringing Scheme
Ringing aims to understanding 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
Online Ringing Reports for 2012 are now available.
Find out how many birds were ringed and reported in 2012 broken down by country and county.
The preliminary trends for CES and Nest Record Scheme for 2012 are now published. They make bleak reading for many species but particularly the migrant warblers.
The press release recognises the great work of ringers in getting these results despite the weather.
New and Exciting: Recovery Maps are now available for all recoveries on the Online Ringing Recoveries pages.
Choose your species in "Recovery Summaries" and find a map after the summary list. It shows the ringing location of foreign ringed birds found in Britain and Ireland and the finding location of birds ringed here.
Longevity records for Britain & Ireland have now been updated to include 2011 reports.
Read how our CES ringers are coping with the weather.