Ring Ouzel and Redwing Survey

We would like you to send us your sightings of ring ouzels and redwings.

By collecting data about these birds while out and about in moorland areas you can help us to discover:

  • the number of individuals visiting the survey area
  • the habitats these species are relying on
  • whether the distribution of these species is changing over time
  • whether the number of sightings of these birds is changing
  • whether the timing of migration is changing in response to climate

The species of interest in this survey are both migratory birds; one migrating to the UK in summer to breed, the other arriving in the autumn to overwinter. Click the images below for more details about why we have chosen each species, or click the speaker icon to hear examples of their calls and songs.


 Ring Ouzel



How to take part

1. If you see any of the species, make a note of how many you saw, when and where. Try to give as much information as possible about where it was so we can get an accurate location. Take note of what habitat the bird was in, and if you see a ring ouzel, whether it was singing.

Optionally you can download and print a postcard (by clicking the image below) to remind you what to look for when you're out and about. You can also use our MoorWILD smartphone/tablet app (for Apple and Android) to record your observation and submit your sightings in the field. Click here to find out more about the app and how to get it.  

Ring ouzel and redwing survey card

2. Submit your sightings

For more help with bird identification, you can visit the RSPB website or the Ring Ouzel Study Group website.

Please note: While carrying out this survey you do so entirely at your own risk. Moors for the Future do not accept any liability or responsibility for the well-being of surveyors or damage/loss of their property. Download our Health and Safety Guidelines here.

Illustrations (c) Mike Langman

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