ROB ROBINSON, BTO researcher.  Why do we ring birds?


Wednesday 10th January 2018

By 2002, bird ringing was about 100 years old and the BTO had enough data to publish a weighty 884-page volume on the migratory behaviour of British birds, based on its ringing data. For many birdwatchers, ringing is something of enigma, a sub-set of amateur and professional ornithology which brings ringers (banders in America!) into intimate contact with delicate or feisty birds. A lot of birds get netted, bagged, weighed and measured and the data gets recorded. But then what? Rob will discuss why this activity has been so useful in understanding our birds. 

image: Starling wearing a lightweight ring