Bird Ringing at Taf Fechan

Bird ringing is an important part of conservation research, informing scientists of changes in bird populations, how healthy the local populations are and what could be causing declines in bird populations. 

Dipper ringing by Carys Solman

Dipper ringing by Carys Solman

Bird ringing has been happening over the last 100 years and has shown us where pollution, habitat loss and much else has created problems for local wildlife. Birds can act as an indicator species, which means they are like a barometer for what else is happening in the local environment, for example in this podcast we talk about how the rivers in the Valleys were once so polluted you were unlikely to catch many of the species we see nowadays.

In this podcast we look at why we catch and ring birds, what are the impacts and how this informs what we do in conservation.