Why Bird Ring?

In essence, the purpose of bird ringing is to collect data about birds which aids scientific research. This research helps us to understand birds to a much greater extent than mere observation. The better birds are understood, the more chance we have of conserving them. Bird ringing is therefore viewed as a conservation effort, the data of which may be used in the immediate future, or retrospectively once a sizable collection over years or even decades has been garnered.

Since the 70's and the introduction of intensive agriculture, numbers of many species of european bird have plummeted. Such farming practices create monocultures which are veritable deserts for much of our natural flora and fauna, therefore leaving little in the way of food and shelter for wildlife. When you consider approximately 76% of the UK alone is farmland then this may give you an idea of the pressure faced by our plants and animals. To a lesser extent other habitat destruction, urban sprawl, cats, invasive non-native species and apathy contribute towards the problem.

Many birdwatchers provide much needed scientific data through logging their observations with one of several schemes organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), the RSPB and many local wildlife trusts. These contributions are invaluable and bird ringing can provide further data which would otherwise be unavailable due to inspecting the bird in detail . Ringing involves attaching a metal alloy ring to a bird, usually the leg, the ring carries a unique number and offers several advantages...
More information and how you can become a bird ringer can be found here ». If you would like to help our wildlife in general then volunteering for and donating to organisations such as the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), the RSPB and your local wildlife trust are a good place to start.