An Introduction to Bird Ringing

Have you ever wondered if the robin you regularly see in your garden is the same bird every time? Have you noticed different species in your garden in the summer that you don’t see in winter?  Where have they come from? How far have they travelled?


There are a lot of questions regarding bird populations and movements, and one way we can get some answers is through ringing birds.

As part of the Mid Ulster Biodiversity Project, “An Introduction to Bird Ringing” event has been organised to introduce people to this fascinating subject. Led by licensed ringer Aidan Crean, it will be explained why birds are ringed, the important information it provides, and see a demonstration on how to ring birds and the equipment required.

If you would like to find out more, please come along to:

  • Traad LNR, The Point Road, (just north of Ballyronan) on
  • Tuesday 13th March at 9:00am

You do not need any specialist knowledge or equipment, but this is an outdoor event so please wear appropriate clothing, and although not essential, a pair of binoculars may useful.

Mark Edgar, Biodiversity Officer for the Mid Ulster area explained, “Most people love to see birds, whether out for a walk, or looking out the window into their garden.  But have we ever stopped to think about where these birds have come from and even how old they may be.  Did they hatch as a chick in the hedge at the bottom of the garden, or in the nest box we put on the wall?  Have they spent their whole life in our local area?  Have they come from some far off country, just to visit our garden?”

Mark continued, “Although birds can tell each other apart, generally we can’t! To us, one robin looks very much like any other robin.  Through ringing we can start to track individual birds.  The ring is carefully fitted to the birds leg and has a unique number, so if the bird turns up anywhere in the world, it can be traced back to where it was first recorded.  Ringing aims to understand what is happening to birds in the places they live and how this affects population increases and decreases.  This knowledge is vital for conservation. It also gives information on the movements individual birds make and how long many live for.”

If you would like to find out more about what is involved in ringing birds, Mark would be delighted to see you at the event. Although booking is not essential, a phone call or e-mail would be appreciated.  Please also provide contact details in case the event has to be postponed at short notice due to poor weather.

For further information, or if you are interested in the Mid Ulster Biodiversity Project in general, please contact:   Mark Edgar, Biodiversity Officer, Mid Ulster District Council. Tel: 03000 132132 or e-mail: