Health & Safety
Ringers should not put themselves in a position that would place themselves, or others, in danger. The BTO does not take any responsibility or liability for any actions and subsequent consequences from the activities of ringers.
BTO has produced general guidance relating to health safety for all BTO fieldworkers. This page includes information on access permissions, visiting nests, diseases and working in remote areas.
Two leaflets that are particularly relevant to ringers are available below.
Occasionally, bird ringers might accidentally catch bats in mist nets. A small number of bats in the UK have been found to carry a form of rabies. More information about the risks, and action to take if bitten or scratched by a bat, can be found on the bats and rabies page.
Ringers may also be impacted by outbreaks of Avian Influenza. Protocols for how BTO responds to outbreaks and how this may affect ringers can be found on the Avian Influenza protocols page.
Migration blog – Winter
As we get ever closer to the end of autumn the pace of migration steadily slows, and as the daylight hours shorten so does the variety of birds on the move.