Study Group




Ring Ouzel Study Group


Early arrival sightings

North Yourk Moors report for 2014

Effects of variation in breeding habitat on Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus productivity and chick condition

Enigma Thrush. Conservation paper of the Study Group's work

Video clip of a Ring Ouzel calling in the Derbyshire Peak District

Press Release: Fresh hope to stem serious decline of threatened bird. Ring ouzels to be given a specially-designed new home

Ring Ouzel Photo Id Guide

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 will take place on Saturday 14 March 2015 at the George Hotel, Penrith. 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.


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