Ringing Committee

The Ringing Committee is responsible for the ringing operations of the BTO. The Chairman of RIN sits on the Board and is supported by two members of the Board, four members elected by ringers and two other members. It meets twice a year. RIN currently has three sub-committees: Ringing Standards Select Committee, Cannon-netting Technical Panel and the Special Methods Technical Panel.

Chairman - Dr Ian Bainbridge

Ian is a Former Chief Ecological Adviser for the Scottish Government and Head of Science at Scottish Natural Heritage. Ian worked in conservation ecology for thirty five years, previously with RSPB and Northumberland Wildlife Trust. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Ian was chair of the UK Scientific Working Group on Special Protection Areas for fifteen years, and of the recent Review of the Guidelines for Biological SSSIs. A ringer for 45 years, Ian Chairs the Ringing Committee.

Mr S Bayley

Sam has been a bird ringer since 2005 and a ringing trainer since 2013. Sam worked as a Ranger in England, for various organisations including the National Trust, before moving to Ireland, first to run Cape Clear Bird Observatory and then to work as a Research Assistant at University College Cork. Sam is now a Consultant Ecologist, Ornithologist and Conservation Land Manager. Sam is also a committee member for the Irish Ringers’ Conference.

Mr J Black

John has been a bird ringer for nearly 20 years, ringing at numerous locations in Britain and abroad. John worked as a reserves officer for Notts Wildlife Trust, before undertaking a five-year stint in the licensing team at Natural England. John is now an Ecologist for the Ministry of Defence looking after designated sites and protected species, predominantly in Scotland. John is particularly interested in improvements in tracking technology, pressures affecting Afro-Palearctic migrants and responses of birds to climate change.

Mr A C Blackburn

Adrian developed an interest in wildlife, in particular birds, at a very early age. He became a bird ringer in 1963. As a teacher by profession, Adrian has always been keen to impart knowledge and train ringers to a high standard, an ethos that led him to organise and run many training courses over the years. Adrian has set up numerous long-term studies on a variety of species groups, including seabirds, owls and raptors, and ducks. In 2003, Adrian was awarded the Bernard Tucker Medal for services to ornithological research.

Mr A V Cross

Tony has been bird ringing since he was at school. Whilst at university in Aberystwyth Tony volunteered as a Red Kite warden, which subsequently led him to jobs with the Nature Conservancy Council, then as a field assistant studying Red Kites. Tony formed the Welsh Kite Trust and worked as a consultant to the charity for nearly 20 years. Tony has been one half of the Welsh Chough Project for over 25 years and in 2016 the project was awarded the Marsh Local Ornithology award.

Dr Stephen Hunter

Stephen has been a BTO member and bird ringer for 45 years. A Zoology degree and Antarctic seabird research was followed by a Civil Service career with MAFF/Defra.  He served on BTO Council for nine years, including four as Chairman.  Now retired, Stephen spends time ringing in his North Yorkshire orchard and doing local surveys.

Mr Paul Roper

Paul has been a bird ringer for 40 years and a ringing trainer for 29 years. Paul worked for the Royal Mail in operations and human resources for 20 years, before moving to the RSPB for a year in 2004. He then joined the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, where he still works as Head of Project and Funding Delivery. Paul has a particular interest in studying gulls, organising and running long-term studies on Landfill Sites in southeast England, but has ringed on a large variety of projects across Britain and the world.

Dr Lucy Wright

Lucy has had a lifelong interest in birds, with a particular passion for waders. She has been a bird ringer for 20 years and a ringing trainer for eight years. A PhD on Woodlarks led to a job as a Research Manager at BTO for several years before moving to the role of Principal Conservation Scientist at RSPB, researching how man-made developments, such as offshore wind farms, affect birds. Lucy is an Associate Editor for Bird Study.

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