Study Group




Ring Ouzel Study Group


Latest 2018 'Autumn Migration' sightings HERE

Innes Sim reports that the 'Super Ouzel' was seen back in Glen Clunie in April 2018 for it's 10th consecutive year! Read the Super-Ouzel tale HERE

Four sets of fantastic new photos have been added to the Adult Ring Ouzel photo page:
- Five photos of a family of Ring Ouzels in North Yorkshire taken by Peter Curran
- Photo of a group of migrating Ring Ouzels taken by David Sill
- Two cracking photos of an adult Ring Ouzel taken by Paul Fisher
- Two superp images of an adult ring Ouzel at Scar House reservoir taken by Peter Curran

A copy of the 2017 Sightings Record Archive is posted HERE

Euro Bird Portal: A fascinating web site showing the migration timing for a numer of species including the Ring Ouzel



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 take place at the George Hotel, Penrith, on Saturday 30 March 2019.
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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