Belgian Bird Ringing Centre

Why ring birds?

Ringing is a tool for monitoring and observation of wild bird populations. It makes it possible to study migration and demographics.

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How to become a ringer?

To ring wild birds requires extensive knowledge in identification and behaviour. The certification process takes at least 4 years.

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Have you found a ringed bird?

Each finding is important ! If you find a ringed bird, thank you to let us know. We will edit and send you a recovery sheet compiling all available data about the bird in question.

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How do we operate?

A painstaking work realised thanks to the collaboration of hundreds of volunteer ringers, for science and conservation!

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Research programmes

The Belgian ringing scheme participates to numerous national and international research programmes.

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Protected access for ringers

Working Procedures, latest version and user manual of PAPAGENO are available here for the ringers of BeBirds.

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Data access

Bird ringing is organised for science and Nature conservation. Data are of course accessible for study and management to researchers and authorities.

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Migration maps

Have access to our database and view the migration maps for more than 250 species of wild birds.

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Our annual report

Every year we publish a report giving i.a. the number of birds ringed and highlights of the ongoing research programs.