National Ring Ouzel surveys
Ring Ouzel is red-listed and a UK BAP priority species that has been the subject of considerable RSPB research in recent years. The first UK survey, in 1999, provided a robust baseline against which to assess future change, but also provided evidence of an ongoing decline in range. The results from 1999 led to the species’ being red-listed. Numerous local studies since then have indicated a continued decline. The Ring Ouzel is too common to be monitored by the Rare Breeding Birds Panel, yet too rare (or at least unsuitably distributed) to be monitored by the BTO/JNCC/RSPB UK Breeding Bird Survey, being recorded in only ca 1% of BBS 1-km squares.
- A robust UK estimate for comparison with the 1999 survey and the first quantitative population trend for the UK, plus national and regional trends where sample size allows.
Key dates so far
- Fieldwork was completed by early July 2012.
- 226 tetrads were covered in Scotland, 159 in northern England and 87 in Wales, plus coverage of remaining breeding areas on Dartmoor and of recent historical sites elsewhere in SW England, Shropshire and Northern Ireland.
- The survey data have been entered on to Excel spreadsheets and on to MapInfo GIS layers.
- The survey results were presented at the Ring Ouzel Study group meeting in March 2013.
Work planned or underway
Habitat analysis is ongoing and a survey paper is now being drafted.
None as yet.
Surveying from the summit of Moel Siabod
Surveying in Snowdonia (East of Cadair Idris)
Who to contact
Senior Conservation Scientist
Natural Resources Wales
Scottish Natural Heritage
RSPB, NRW, NE and SNH