Is bird ringing still necessary?

15 Oct 2014
Nuthatch being fitted with a ring

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’.