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Poster Guide: The status of Ring Ouzels Turdus torquatus in the UK in 2012
The Ring Ouzel Study Group
is a group of enthusiastic ornithologists who are particularly interested
in ring ouzels, and who are most concerned at the long-term decline
of the species in Britain. Comprising individuals from many different
parts of the country and overseas, the group meets annually in Penrith
(Cumbria) to hear about the latest research, share information and
to discuss plans for the future. The next Study Group meeting is taking place on Saturday 15 March 2014 at the George Hotel, Penrith, at 1030 hrs. To see research papers presented at the 2013 Study Group meeting click here
A major strength of the group is
the geographical spread of its coverage and the resulting diversity
of issues concerning the conservation of the species. The group
is currently chaired by Chris Rollie of RSPB Scotland (see contacts
page). Many members have their own study areas and the annual meeting in Penrith provides an opportunity to share information and positively influence conservation action for the species.
The aims of the group are
- To provide a forum for the exchange of information and views
- To positively influence research and conservation action
- To facilitate and co-ordinate monitoring of the species
- To promote a wider understanding of ring ouzels and the need for their conservation
The ring ouzel
Turdus torquatus is a summer migrant to Europe and Fennoscandia,
where it is characteristically associated with upland areas. The
British population has declined steadily since early in the 20th
century, and the species' range contracted by 27% between 1970 and
1990. A national survey in 1999 suggested that this decline was
continuing and estimated that fewer than 7,600 pairs remained. As
a result, the species is now of high conservation concern in Britain.
British and continental ouzels winter in similar areas of Spain
and north-west Africa, and whereas the species has declined in Britain,
its numbers are thought to be relatively stable on the continent.
Therefore, it is thought that the decline in British breeding ouzels
is due to factors in Britain, rather than elsewhere.
Click here to see the latest map showing the Ring Ouzel range in Europe.