I’ve seen a bird with a ring around its leg. What should I do?

Birds are ringed every year under licence from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) as part of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Bird Ringing Scheme of Britain and Ireland. Ringing provides us with information on the survival, productivity and movements of birds, helping us to understand why populations are changing.

Valuable information is gained from the reporting of ringed birds, whether they are alive or deceased. If you find a ringed bird, you can report it through the BTO Euring Portal here.