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What to do if you find a bird ring

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 18:27 UK time, Friday, 9 October 2009

If you recover a dead bird that has a ring on its leg or if you find a bird ring on its own, there are a number of things you can do to help research and learn more about where the bird could have come from:

  • Probably the simplest thing is to go to the ringing website. Here you can enter all the ring's information and an email will be sent to you with all the known information about the individual bird where the ring came from
  • You could also remove the ring from the foot of a dead, ringed bird and send it to the British Trust for Ornithology (at: BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU) with the location from where the bird was found
  • Or alternatively, give the BTO a call on 01842 750050

Every bit of information the BTO receive will be used for research and stored for future science. Check out the BTO website for more information about what they do.


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