The Ringing Scheme

Ringing aims to monitor survival rates of birds and collect information about their movements. This information provides vital support for conservation efforts as it helps to understand how these processes influence population sizes over time; identifying the mechanisms is the first step in reversing declines. You can help by looking out for ringed birds and reporting them

Visit the Online Ringing and Nest Recording Report to see how many birds are ringed and recovered for the whole Ringing Scheme, covering Britain & Ireland, as well as broken down by country and county. This is also the place to find longevity records.

Visit our “Demog Blog” to find the breaking news on ringing and Ringing Surveys to see how ringers are focussing their efforts to provide information on population size, breeding success and survival through our Constant Effort Site (CES) and Retrapping Adults for Survival (RAS) projects. 

Many of our ringers are also nest recorders, find out more information on nesting success by visiting the Nest Record Scheme.

Go and look at the Population Dynamics and Migration and the ecology of migrants pages to see how information from ringing combines with other BTO surveys to provide fascinating insights into the lives of birds.

If you want to find out more about why ringing and nest recording is important you'll find it explained in Demographic Monitoring: A Strategy to Increase the Contribution of Ringing and Nest Recording to Conservation Science

For information on the BTO policy for working with under-18, view the BTO Safeguarding Policy. A guidance document and a checklist relating specifically to safeguarding whilst ringing, are available on the ringers-only pages.

Latest Ringing News

BTO website planned maintenance - 22 - 25 February

From 5pm Friday 22 to 5pm Monday 25 February the BTO website and all survey data entry applications will be undergoing essential database maintenance. During this time registering a website account, changing a password and logging into survey applications may not be possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.
LifeCycle autumn 2018 cover

LifeCycle Issue 8

Issue 8 of LifeCycle includes an article launching a new national project exploring variation in post-juvenile moult in Blue Tits and one introducing an exciting new project to create a Eurasian African Bird Migration Atlas. It also contains articles on ringing and nest recording on the MOD estate, ageing Reed Buntings, monitoring Woodpigeon nests, ringing without mist nets and nest boxes for Shags.

Life Cycle spring 2018 cover

LifeCycle Issue 7

Issue 7 of LifeCycle includes the results from the 2017 breeding season, generated from the NRS, CES and RAS results. It also features articles on turning a Tree Sparrow project into a RAS, monitoring Swallows, devising a Corn Bunting nesting project, mentoring nest recorders, recording other taxa in your nest boxes, House Sparrow terraces and much more.