This online annual ringing report provides summaries of the birds ringed and recovered, by bird recording area, country and for the whole of Britain & Ireland. Nest Record Scheme totals by county and country are also available. The report also includes longevity records, the top five species ringed in each bird recording area and the top five bird recording areas for each species. Reports for 2007-2014 are available as are summaries of all recoveries for each bird recording area. Ringing totals for all species from 1909 to 2014 are also now available. New for 2014 are pages showing the timing of breeding and moult for the 15 most commonly recorded species.
Journals and magazines
Books and guides
Estimating mortality rates among passerines caught for ringing with mist nets using data from previously ringed birds.
The seabird wreck in the Bay of Biscay and South-Western Approaches in 2014: A review of reported mortality
Between December 2013 and February 2014, a series of storm events occurred in areas of the North Atlantic frequented by migratory seabirds. Prolonged exposure to sustained storm conditions was followed by an unprecedented level of seabird mortality, apparently due to starvation, exhaustion and drowning. A total of 54,982 wrecked birds was recorded along European coastlines of the northeast Atlantic over the winter; 94% of which were dead. The majority of birds found were recorded on the French coastline (79.6%), and the most impacted species was the Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica (53.6%). In this paper, we describe the conditions surrounding this wreck event and report the numbers of wrecked and stranded seabirds by combining reports from multiple affected countries.
Morphology, geographical variation and the subspecies of Marsh Tit Poecile palustris in Britain and Central Europe
Contrasting effects of GPS device and harness attachment on adult survival of Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus and Great Skuas Stercorarius skua
Survival of Afro-Palaearctic passerine migrants in western Europe and the impacts of seasonal weather variables
An experimental evaluation of the effects of geolocator design and attachment method on between-year survival on whinchats Saxicola rubetra
Light-level geolocators reveal migratory connectivity in European populations of pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca
In-depth reviews of survey work being undertaken on a particular group of species or habitats that bring together the experiences of multiple volunteers across Britain & Ireland. These inspirational articles highlight the stories behind the science, providing accounts of how and why projects were set up, a volunteer’s view of their progress and useful hints and tips for those thinking of setting up their own studies. Examples from the most recent issue include pieces on Peregrine, Sand Martin and House Martin monitoring.
The Migration Atlas is an amazing stock take of our knowledge of the movements of birds which spend all, or part of, their life in the British Isles. A fascinating read for everyone and a must for conservation practitioners.
Identification for Ringers
by Kenneth Williamson, BTO.
- Cettia, Locustella, Acrocephalus and Hippolais (PDF, 2.87 MB)
- Phylloscopus (PDF, 3.45 MB)
- Sylvia (PDF, 2.72 MB)
We are grateful to Dave Coker who kindly scanned these guides to allow them to be made available on the web.