Retrapping Adults for Survival (RAS)
The Retrap Adults for Survival (RAS) scheme is a national standardised ringing programme within the BTO Ringing Scheme that has been running since 1999. Ringers aim to catch or re-sight at least 50 adult birds of a single species in a study area during the breeding season. The study area is well defined and the ringer is aiming to record the vast majority of the adults.
In 2011 there were 158 projects throughout Britain and Ireland on species as diverse as House Sparrow, Moorhen, Pied Flycatcher and Manx Shearwater. The most recent RAS News provides a full list of the species.
RAS is used to give adult survival rates and is particularly useful for those species not widely covered by CES.
The Retrappping Adults for Survival Scheme is supported by a partnership between the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO ) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) (on behalf of: Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside, Natural Resources Wales, Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage). It is also part of the BTO Ringing Scheme which is funded by the BTO /JNCC Partnership, The National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland) and the ringers themselves.
Latest News from RAS
RAS News 2013 Now Available
2012 RAS results are now available in the 2013 RAS News. Also included are articles on a number of RAS projects and information on how the analysis of RAS seabird data is developing.
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RAS News Spring 2012 published
Published in May 2012 it contains the RAS results from 2011. Also included are articles on RAS target species, colour-ringing for RAS, studies that are using RAS data and how historic data is being collected.
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Scientific papers published using RAS data
About the seasonal survival of suburban blackbirds
Robinson, R.A., Kew, J.J. & Kew, A.J. 2010. Survival of suburban blackbirds Turdus merula varies seasonally but not by sex. Journal of Avian Biology41:83–87.
How African rain affects the survival of Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin
rainfall in Britain, suggesting that overwinter food resources may be more limiting.
Robinson, R.A., Balmer, D.E. & Marchant, J.H. 2008. Survival rates of hirundines in relation to British and African rainfall. Ringing & Migration24:1–6