West Midlands Ringing Group (WMRG)
The WMRG have pioneered the use of thermal technology for ringing and surveying birds and are sharing their experiences and knowledge openly and widely around the world. They support other ringers and work with landowners, demonstrating their technology so that it can be shared and utilised effectively to improve surveying. The data collected is critical to aid wildlife-friendly farming, ecology, and land management. The WMRG use social media effectively to reach wider audiences and as a platform for learning. They are currently working to make their technology more accessible to other groups. The group has significantly added to the bank of knowledge with regard to declining farmland bird species, roosting birds and those that become active after dark. This information has only become available as a result of WMRG’s effective use of technology and comes at a crucial time in the fight to halt biodiversity loss in the UK.