National Ringing SchemesThe National Ringing Schemes administer Bird Ringing in their respective countries, including the licensing of ringers, issuing of metal rings, holding ringing data and tracing recoveries. Within Europe, EURING forms the coordinating organisation for European Bird Ringing Schemes. Contact details are also given for National Ringing Schemes outside Europe. You can also report a metal ring online here.
Colour-marking SchemesYou will rarely see a wader wearing just a single Colour-ring or Flag. More often birds carry combinations of rings, or rings and flags, that identify it to a particular project or scheme. Schemes are either designed to enable birds to be identified as individuals or to a group (for example all birds caught at a particular site, perhaps in a particular year).
Coordination of colour-marking is essential. Without coordination, numerous birds could be fitted with identical marks, causing confusion between projects. Waders are true global travellers and biologists working throughout the world need to cooperate to ensure the value of their studies. The International Wader Study Group maintains a Colour-marking Register for projects in the East-Atlantic Flyway. Other organisations coordinate colour-marking schemes in other parts of the world. Biologists planning to colour-mark waders in the East-Atlantic Flyway should contact the Colour-marking Register.
Birdwatchers can help contribute to wader conservation by recording colour-marks and reporting the details via the Colour-marking Register. There are a few bits of essential information needed, however, so for more details on see Recording Colour-marks.