I’m pleased to have a link to our 1st video – it is ringing nightjars in Dorset, a beautiful adult and juvenile caught on 29th August 2010.
The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) runs a network of over 2,500 trained amateurs, who together ring over 900,000 birds each year. The scheme is designed to provide vital information for conservation – how long birds live, when and where they move, and whether they return to the same areas. They study how many young birds leave the nest and survive to become adults, and how many adults survive the stresses of breeding, migration and severe weather. Changes in survival rates and other aspects of birds’ biology help to understand the causes of population declines. Although bird ringing has been taking place for nearly 100 years, we are still discovering new facts about migration routes and wintering areas.
The BTO website answers questions about how and why we ring. It reports birds that have been recaught, and gives information about trans-continental migrations that this has helped provide.