Game keepers continually work alongside Bird Ringers and this is essential for monitoring species survival, productivity and movement of the birds.
When the BTO Ringing Scheme was established over 100 years ago, the primary focus was the study of bird movements. While ringing data can still be used to study migration and dispersal, today they are primarily used in the study of population change. ‘Population modelling’ may sound like a complex process, but the basic principle is relatively straightforward – bird numbers are determined by the number of fledglings produced and the subsequent survival of both those youngsters and their parents.
Curlews are classed as Red Listed meaning that they are of the Highest Conservation Priority and the photos below show the ringing of Curlew Chicks.