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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

A short and colourful life....

19 February 2013

Dear Norman Bliss

Thank you for taking the time to report to us details of a bird ring you found. Information about this bird and its movements is given below. If you notice any errors in the information, please return it (or a copy) with your corrections, so we can update our records.
Ringing Scheme: London

Ring Number: LE40221

Species of bird: Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major

It was found on 24-Dec-2012 at Crows-an-Wra, Cornwall OS Map reference SW3827, co-ordinates 0deg 5min N 5deg 40min W.
It was found 64 days after it was ringed, 5 km from the ringing site, direction NNE.

The Ringing Team: This bird was ringed by K A Wilson as age 1st year , sex female on 21-Oct-2012 at Nanjizal, Land's End, Cornwall OS Map reference SW3523, co-ordinates 50deg 3min N 5deg 42min W.

Bird Ringing in Britain and Ireland is organised by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology). Each year over 900,000 birds are ringed in Britain & Ireland, by over 2,500 highly trained bird ringers, most of whom are volunteers. Ringing began over 100 years ago to study the movements of birds. While it continues to generate information about movements, it also allows us to study how many young birds leave the nest and survive to breed as adults, as well as how many adults live from year to year and how many birds disperse to different breeding sites. Collection of this information helps us to understand why bird populations increase or decline - vital information for conservation. After over a hundred years of bird ringing in Britain & Ireland there is still much more to learn!

Bird ringers are highly trained volunteers who follow a careful training process that can take several years to ensure that they have the necessary skills to catch and ring birds while ensuring that the birds welfare is always the most important consideration. The Ringing Scheme is managed by a professional team at the BTO under the direction of a Ringing Committee. The BTO is authorised to issue permits on behalf of the government conservation agencies.

Thanks again for reporting this bird and contributing to the work of the Ringing Scheme. If you would like to find out more about ringing and the BTO, you will find much more information at

With best wishes

The Ringing Team


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