Taking part

Pied Flycatcher. Photo by Keith Clowe

These pages bring together into one place useful information and key resources for existing ringers. For more information on why we ring birds, the history of ringing or the aims and strategy behind the Ringing Scheme, please see the About ringing pages. If you are not a current ringer and want to find out more about how to become a ringer, please see the Learn to ring pages.

Submitting ringing records >

Ringing and nest recording data are either submitted to the BTO via Demography Online (DemOn), the online data entry system for ringers and nest recorders to input their data directly into the BTO database, or via a free desktop application called Integrated Population Monitoring Recorder (IPMR).

Ringing permit renewals >

This page outlines the process for renewing your ringing permit. Information is provided for each permit category as well as a timeline for the renewal process.

Schedule 1 licensing >

If you are intending to approach the nest or dependent young of a specially protected bird through ringing, nest recording or any other survey you need to ensure you have the correct licence to do so.

Posting on social media? >

social media guidance

Social media is a useful way to increase engagement with ringing and nest monitoring activities, promoting the valuable contribution that these studies make to our understanding of why bird populations change. It can, however, be a volatile environment, so we have developed some guidance, which we hope you will find useful.

Resources for ringers >

These pages bring together into one place useful information and key resources for existing ringers. Current content includes information on data collection and biometrics, other ringing resources such as site signage and access letter templates, resources for displays and talks, instructions for mapping recoveries and opportunities for ringers.

Buying rings and other ringing equipment >

Please visit the BTO Ringing Sales Shop to purchase all rings and other ringing equipment.

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