If you find a bird that has been ringed please contact the Ringing Unit at the BTO
If the bird is large you may be able to read the ring without handling it. However, it will be difficult to do this on a small bird, in this case it is ok to pick them up but remember to wash your hands and any equipment you used to handle the dead bird.
Please report the ring number and if the bird is dead send the ring along with your letter. Provide as much information as you can about the location of where the bird was found, for example, the nearest town/ grid reference. Also include the date you found the bird and the species if it is known. If the bird was dead please also include any information on the cause of death. Also include your details so the BTO can be in contact.
Any unusual deaths especially in large birds such as swans should be reported to Defra. 03459 33 55 77 or email email@example.com
If the bird is a pigeon rings can be reported to The Royal Pigeon Racing Association
Please remember to wash you hands after handling any dead bird.