Ruth Walker

Job Description

Ringing Surveys Organiser

Role

Ruth is responsible for running the Constant Effort Sites (CES) and Retrapping Adults for Survival (RAS) ringing projects. She is the lead editor for LifeCycle, the BTO magazine for ringers and nest recorders. Ruth also leads on wider communication for the Ringing and Nest Recording Team and is the Managing Editor of Ringing & Migration (R&M), the journal of the BTO Ringing Scheme.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation, Nottingham Trent University, 2004–2007
HND Photography & Digital Imaging, Nottingham Trent University, 1997–1999

Interests & Responsibilities

Ruth organises and runs the two national ringing projects, CES and RAS. This includes liaison with ringers over project design prior to registering projects, maintaining the scheme databases, processing data submissions, analysing the data and producing annual trends and reporting outputs, promotion of the schemes (including maintaining the CES and RAS sections of the BTO website) and volunteer liaison.

As communications lead for the Ringing and Nest Recording Team, Ruth's responsibilities include producing the annual bird ringing and nest recording report that is published in Ringing & Migration, editing LifeCycle, maintaining the ringing element of the BTO website, producing the electronic newsletter that is sent to ringers and nest recorders and liaison with the BTO Communications Team. As lead editor for LifeCycle, Ruth liaises with the editorial board over content, commission articles, edit content and manage the production of the magazine.

As Managing Editor of Ringing & Migration Ruth works with the editor and publisher to ensure papers are formatted, copy edited and published in a timely manner and she is the BTO contact for readers of the journal.

Other Information

Ruth has been a bird ringer since 2008 and currently holds a BTO ‘C’ permit. She runs a CE Site in mid-Norfolk as well as being involved with the Wash Wader Ringing Group and the Shiants Auk Ringing Group. Before joining BTO Ruth worked as an ecological consultant, specialising in Ornithology, and prior to that she worked as a Regional SSSI Support Adviser for Natural England.

Other publications

Horswill, C., Walker, R.H., Humphreys, E.M. & Robinson, R.A. 2016. Review of mark-recapture studies on UK seabirds that are run through the BTO’s Retrapping Adults for Survival (RAS) network. JNCC Report 600. JNCC, Peterborough.

Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., ​Massimino, D., ​Woodward, I., Eglington, S.M., ​​Marchant, J.H., ​Sullivan, M.J.P., ​Barimore, C., Dadam, D., Hammond, M.J., Harris, S.J., Noble, D.G., Walker, R.H. & Baillie, S.R. 2016. BirdTrends 2016: trends in numbers, breeding success and survival for UK breeding birds. Research Report 691. BTO, Thetford. www.bto.org/birdtrends

Walker, R.H., Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., Moss, D., Barimore, C.J., Blackburn, J.R., Barber, L.J., Clewley, G.D., de Palacio, D.X., Grantham, M.J. and Griffin, B.M., Kew, A.J., Schaefer, S. & Clark, J.A. 2016. Bird ringing and nest recording in Britain and Ireland in 2015. Ringing & Migration 31, 115–159.

Robinson, R.A., Marchant, J.H., Leech, D.I., Massimino, D., Sullivan, M.J.P., Eglington, S.M., Barimore, C., Dadam, D., Downie, I.S., Hammond, M.J., Harris, S.J., Noble, D.G., Walker, R.H. & Baillie, S.R. 2015. BirdTrends 2015: trends in numbers, breeding success and survival for UK breeding birds. Research Report 678. BTO, Thetford. www.bto.org/birdtrends

Walker, R.H., Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., Moss, D., Kew, A.J., Barber, L.J., Barimore, C.J., Blackburn, J.R., Clewley, G.D., De Palacio, D.X. and Grantham, M.J., Griffin, B.M., Scheafer, S. & Clark, J.A.  2015. Bird ringing and nest recording in Britain and Ireland in 2014. Ringing & Migration 30, 84–147.

Walker, R.H., Robinson, R.A., Leech, D.I., Moss, D., Kew, A.J., Barber, L.J., Barimore, C.J., Blackburn, J.R., De Palacio, D.X., Grantham, M.J. and Griffin, B.M., Schaefer, S. & Clark, J.A. 2014. Bird ringing and nest recording in Britain and Ireland in 2013. Ringing & Migration 29, 90–150.