Study Group




Ring Ouzel Study Group


2016 Sighting reports - including news of the super-ouzel male and one of his wives

Recently published - The status of the Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus in the UK in 2012

"The Mountain Blackburd". An article published in the Summer 2016 edition of the RSPB's Nature's Home magazine

New 'Bird Study' article Sept 2015: Geolocators reveal new insights into Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus migration routes and non-breeding areas. For a copy of the full article, please contact Innes Sim at innes.sim@rspb

Time lapsed video filmed over 5 days of nesting Ring Ouzel in the Cairngorms - June 2015

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

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

Ring Ouzel Photo Id Guide

Some exciting recent additions to the website:

Sound clip of calling Ring Ouzel recorded on 28 April 1991 at Burbage Rocks, Derbyshire Peak District. Courtesy Simon Elliott

Video clip of female Ring Ouzel in Weardale 2014 courtesy Sarah Marshall

Video clip of juvenile Ring Ouzel bathing in Weardale 2014 courtesy Sarah Marshall

Video clip of juvenile Ring Ouzel post bathing in Weardale 2014 courtesy Sarah Marshall

Photos of fledgling Ring Ouzels in Weardale 2014 courtesy of Sarah Marshall

Photos of moulting Ring Ouzels in Weardale 2014 courtesy of James Andersonl

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 be held on Saturday 18th March 2017 at the George Hotel, Penrith.
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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