Devon and Cornwall Wader Ringing Group

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For Oystercatchers, the Devon and Cornwall Wader Ringing Group uses a short un-coded yellow ring above a blue ring bearing a two-character white code, read upwards, on the right tarsus. Birds that are carrying a GPS tag also have an un-coded blue ring above the metal ring on the left tarsus. To report a sighting of one of these birds please complete and submit this form. For other colours or codes, please check the International Wader Study Group register or the European Colour-ring Birding website to locate the project contact or submit your sighting through the EURING website.

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Please provide your name and email address so that we may provide you with more details of the bird that you have re-sighted. We will not use this information for any other purpose.

Colour Ring Sightings

Much of the value of colour ringing comes from re-sighting reports by birdwatchers and members of the public. We welcome all reports of the birds that we have colour-ringed to allow us to build up a life history of the movements of each bird. Repeat sightings at the same location are just as valuable as those from new or distant sites.

Oystercatchers ringed by the Devon and Cornwall Wader Ringing Group carry a yellow un-coded ring above a blue coded ring on the right leg, below the knee. The code is a combination of two letters or numbers read upwards. The metal ring is on the left leg, below the knee. A small number of birds - those carrying GPS tags - also have a blue un-coded ring above the metal ring on the left leg below the knee.

Please use the form on the right to let us know when and where you have seen one of these birds. We will respond as soon as possible, usually within a week, with details of where and when the bird was ringed.

For Oystercatchers wearing rings of other colours or codes, please check the International Wader Study Group register or the European Colour-ring Birding website to locate the project contact or submit your sighting through the EURING website.

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