An important purpose of this website is to help ensure that
colour ringing schemes do not overlap.
* Overlapping schemes can compromise important scientific research and must be avoided.
* Inadequate use of color markings may threat existing protocols and on-going migration studies.
-> BEFORE starting a new scheme, ringers MUST first speak with the co-ordinator for that species or in absence of this one , contact Dirk Raes
[ it is not sufficient to merely look at the website
and pick a colour combination that appears to be free
as still some +100projects are to be transferred from the old site ]
If a not-agreed cr-project is announced to European colour-ring Birding ,
it will NOT be mentioned on the website !
Following this process is obligatory for all ringers across all EU-countries.
Dear project leader
Before starting a colour-ring project, you need to have (see also EURING-guidelines):
· a permission from your ringing station to ring birds (metal ring).
· a permission from your ringing station to colour-ring birds (colour ring).
. a permission from the agreed cr-coordinators (see list below) for the colours and codes to be used. (in absence of a coordinator, you can contact me)
· mailing me your project to be added to the European colour-ring Birding website.
· after this you can order your colour-rings (see colour-ring supplier).
. reporting regularly to the field-observer (this will be mentioned with your project on this website) and (which is an obligation) reporting your information to the Ringing Unit of your country.
On the EURING-website you can find the list of these institutes belonging to and agreed by EURING. It is the coercive task for the colour-ringer/projectleader to report his project(s) and resightings to his national scheme. This is a legal requirement and condition of being issued with a license to colour-ring birds.
EURING – guidelines on the use of colour markings
In order to increase coordination between projects and to get all the information to the central database, ringing schemes need to handle permissions for colour ringing more strictly:
- before using colour-rings a national ringing permit and the agreement of the national ringing scheme is needed.
- only use colour-rings as additional marking to the official rings of the national ringing scheme.
- ringing schemes should issue colour ringing permits only after coordination with other projects has been assured.
- EURING is on the way to find coordinators for all species (species group). This coordinator has to be contacted before starting a colour-ring program. The coordinators in close cooperation with the national ring scheme give the ring (colours, code) combinations to the ringers.
- in an area there should be only a single project for each species to make it easier for observers to report the rings to the right projects.
- ringing schemes should issue and prolong colour ringing permits on the condition that the ringer sends in all information about ringing and resightings to the scheme.
- ringing schemes should store all the sightings in their central database.
- the most important thing is that you NEVER start a colour ringing programme before being certain that nobody has used the same colour and code combination.
- due to some cases of misusing my trust, correspondence about a new scheme can be done with the national ringing scheme into cc-mails.
- if a not registered cr-project is announced to the European colour-ring Birding website, it will be mentioned with a severe remark !
Agreed coordinators for all species. (dd. 04/09/2016)
(in an agreement between EURING, IWSG, GSG and European colour-ring Birding).
(in absence of a coordinator, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
* All geese species :
Berend Voslamber : email@example.com
At the Goose Specialist Group Meeting in Höllviken (2009), Berend Voslamber was chosen to coordinate the colour marking scheme for all geese species.
* All wader species :
IWSG Colour Mark Coordinator : firstname.lastname@example.org
This coordinator is working with sub-coordinators (so called SPEX).
* Gulls :
- large gulls :
Peter Rock : email@example.com
- small gulls :
Kjeld Pedersen : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mediterranean Gull :
Kjeld Pedersen, in cooperation with Renaud Flamant : renaud.Flamant@skynet.be
- Black-legged Kittiwake :
Jez Blackburn : email@example.com
* Terns :
- all tern species, except Little Tern :
Derick Hiemstra : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Little Tern.
Yosef Kiat, Israeli Bird Ringing Center : email@example.com
- Roseate Tern :
Dr Stephen Newton : firstname.lastname@example.org
* Crows :
- Western Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow and Hooded Crow.
Matthias Bräse : email@example.com
- Raven :
Matthias-Claudio Loretto : firstname.lastname@example.org
* Ducks :
- for nose-saddles :
David Rodrigues : email@example.com
* all tits and trushes :
Henri Bouwmeester : firstname.lastname@example.org
* all pipits :
Chris Lamsdell : email@example.com
* Eurasian Spoonbill :
Tamar Lok : firstname.lastname@example.org
* Common Kestrel :
Petra Sumasgutner : email@example.com
* Eurasian snowfinch :
Fränzi Korner : firstname.lastname@example.org
* Lesser Spotted Eagle :
Urmas Sellis : email@example.com
* Eurasian Griffon Vulture :
Alvaro Camiña Cardenal : firstname.lastname@example.org
(Chairman of the Eurasian Griffon Vulture Working Group since 2005 and Secretary of the Vulture Conservation Foundation)
* Montagu's Harrier :
Almut Schlaich - Werkgroep Grauwe Kiekendief : email@example.com
* Harriers in Spain :
Toribio Alvarez : firstname.lastname@example.org
* Peregrine Falcon in the UK :
Jez Blackburn, Demography Team, BTO, UK : email@example.com
* Peregrine Falcon in (continental) Europe :
Didier Vangeluwe, Head of the Belgian Ringing Scheme (BeBirds) : firstname.lastname@example.org
* Saker Falcon :
Mátyás Prommer : email@example.com
* Eurasian Coot :
Kane Brides : firstname.lastname@example.org
* Black Stork :
Eniko Anna Tamas : email@example.com
skype : et-baja-hu
* European Roller :
Patrick Mayet : firstname.lastname@example.org
* all Shrike -species :
Octavio Infante : email@example.com
* House Sparrow :
Benjamin Vollot : firstname.lastname@example.org
* Eurasian Tree Sparrow : (only for The Netherlands)
Arend Timmerman : email@example.com
* European Greenfinch :
Marcin Faber : firstname.lastname@example.org
* European Turtle Dove :
Jenny Dunn : Jenny.Dunn@rspb.org.uk p>
* Snowbunting :
Quentin Dupriez : email@example.com
* Mute Swan :
Pelle Andersen-Harild : firstname.lastname@example.org
* Twite :
Jamie Dunning through a group : email@example.com
* Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola) :
Amur Bird Project / Wieland Heim : firstname.lastname@example.org
In agreement with the mentioned institutes, the coordinator will be designated.