Analysing Ringing and Recovery Data
EURING maintains a databank that contains ringing recovery information gathered throughout Europe. The databank index provides many tables and maps to inform potential analysts about the geographical and temporal distribution of these data. If you are interested in applying to analyse data from the databank you can do so here. Papers reporting the findings of previous analyses based on data from the EURING databank are listed here. For an overview of the work of the EURING databank an article from the July 2010 issue of BTO News is available here (in pdf format - 292 Kb). Ringing and recovery data from throughout Europe are recorded and exchanged using a standard coding scheme agreed by EURING.
Data gathered using all marking methods should be archived
EURING welcomes and encourages the use of all methods of collecting bird movement data. Much valuable data is collected using colour marks (rings, wing tags, neck collars, leg flags etc), radio transmitters (terrestrial and satellite etc) and data loggers. EURING recognises the importance of these methods in rapidly and effectively collecting data that may be impossible to collect by using just metal rings. We consider that it is vital that all bird movement data is secured for the future. We therefore strongly recommend that all such data should be submitted to national ringing schemes so that they may be archived. EURING General Meeting, 30 August 2007.
Reporting records of ringed birds
If you have found a ringed bird please report it to the scheme whose address appears on the ring. A list of scheme addresses and websites can be found here. If you have sighted a colour-marked bird you can find information on how and where to report your sighting here.