Health & Safety
Ringers should not put themselves in a position that would place themselves, or others, in danger. The BTO does not take any responsibility or liability for any actions and subsequent consequences from the activities of ringers.
BTO has produced general guidance relating to health safety for all BTO fieldworkers. This page includes information on access permissions, visiting nests, diseases and working in remote areas.
Two leaflets that are particularly relevant to ringers are available below.
Occasionally, bird ringers might accidentally catch bats in mist nets. A small number of bats in the UK have been found to carry a form of rabies. More information about the risks, and action to take if bitten or scratched by a bat, can be found on the bats and rabies page.
Ringers may also be impacted by outbreaks of Avian Influenza. Protocols for how BTO responds to outbreaks and how this may affect ringers can be found on the Avian Influenza protocols page.
Gull ID virtual training (2 sessions, Wednesdays 10am)
The training will consist of two weekly online modules of 90–100 minutes each, complemented by supported self-study exercises which will be provided after each session. The training will be run by BTO staff members Nick...