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. 

Insurance

BTO carries insurance for liabilities to third parties for loss, damage or injury, and can provide written confirmation for any landowner requesting it - our

.This does not however cover loss, damage or injury to volunteers and their helpers, who should make their own arrangements as they see fit. 

Diseases

Two leaflets that are particularly relevant to ringers are available below.

  • Diseases from birds leaflet

    Diseases from birds
  • Ticks + Lymes disease leaflet

    Ticks + Lymes disease

Occassionally, 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 infomation about the risks, and action to take if bitten or scratched by a bat, can be found on the bats and rabies page.