For many years the Raptor Trust released birds without any real knowledge of the long-term result.
This changed at the end of 1999 when the Trust was able to secure a scheme within the British Trust for Ornithology under which as many birds as possible would be ringed prior to release.
||A little owl is fitted with a BTO ring prior to release near Poringland.|
Our first priority must be the welfare of the bird.
There will always be instances where the bird can’t be ringed, either because it would be too stressful, or because a speedy release is necessary. The Trust will never have a bird ringed if its welfare could be compromised.
The BTO, quite reasonably, charges us an increased fee for our rings on the basis that rehabilitation schemes have a higher rate of recovery of dead birds than normal ringing.
As yet, not a single bird released by the Trust has been recovered.
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