The Ringing Scheme
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 the Online Ringing Report to see how many birds are ringed and recovered for the whole Ringing Scheme, covering Britain & Ireland, as well as broken down by country and county. This is also the place to find longevity records.
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 explained in Demographic Monitoring: A Strategy to Increase the Contribution of Ringing and Nest Recording to Conservation Science.
Latest Ringing News
Introducing Life Cycle
The first edition of Life Cycle, the BTO magazine for Ringers and Nest Recorders, is now available to download as a PDF or to read online. The bi-annual magazine replaces the old scheme newsletters, back issues of which are still available via the following links - Ringing News (available on the ringers-only pages of the website), NRS News, CES News and RAS News. Life Cycle includes practical ringing and nest finding tips, details of novel techniques and summaries of successful monitoring projects that demonstrate the initiative, hard work and skill of existing volunteers, while hopefully inspiring others to set up their own studies. We hope you enjoy reading it!
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.
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’.