REPORTING BIRDS WITH COLOUR-RINGS
There are numerous projects both at home and around the world that use colour-rings to help individual birds to be recognised in the field. This provides data on migration patterns, breeding and wintering areas, and can help identify and implement conservation measures for these species. More information can be found at www.bto.org/our-science/projects/ringing/about-ringing/why-colour-ring-birds
In Dorset a variety of species can be found carrying colour-rings, from wetland species such as Black-tailed Godwit and Spoonbill, to passerines such as Pied Wagtail and Dartford Warbler. If you observe such a bird please do note the colour, code and location of the ring carefully, and report it either via www.cr-birding.org where you will be able to find the email address of the organiser of the scheme, or directly to the contacts listed below. If the scheme cannot be found, it may be reported via Euring www.ring.ac or by email to BTO firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do also share the details of your sighting with the Dorset county recorder email@example.com
LOCAL COLOUR-RINGING SCHEMES
Some of the colour-ringing schemes that are currently operating in Dorset are listed below. If you are operating another scheme locally and would like it listed on this page please do let us know.
Little Tern (Chesil Beach)
Yellow ring with black alpha-numeric code on right leg - send sightings to Steve Hales firstname.lastname@example.org
Bearded Tit (Radipole Lake RSPB)
A combination of 3 colour rings. Two colour rings on the right leg and one on the left below the BTO metal ring - send sightings to Steve Hales email@example.com
Greylag Goose (Poole Park)
Birds with a white ring on the left leg with the letter “U” followed by 3 numbers. This scheme is run by Thomas Weston. Send sightings to firstname.lastname@example.org Birds have been seen at other locations such as Poole Harbour, Longham Lakes, and the Avon Valley.
Dartford Warbler (Parley Common)
A combination of 3 colour rings. Two colour rings on the right leg and one orange ring on the left leg above the BTO metal ring. Sightings to Kevin Sayer email@example.com
Osprey (Poole Harbour)
A single dark blue ring with white alpha-numeric lettering. Ring reads can be submitted at www.roydennis.org/report-a-colour-ringed-osprey
Water Pipit (Lytchett Bay - Stour Ringing Group)
Single yellow ring on left leg with inscription of a number and letter in black. The letter used so far is K. Sightings to Shaun Robson firstname.lastname@example.org
Rock Pipit (Lytchett Bay - Stour Ringing Group)
Single white ring on left leg with inscription of two letters in black. The first letter used so far is A. Sightings to Shaun Robson email@example.com
What to report when you find a colour-ringed bird
Email the scheme co-ordinator with the following details:
The project co-ordinator will reply to your email with life history details. Reply time can vary between schemes - please be patient!
European Colour-Ring Birding website