Ring Ouzel

Latin name: Turdus torquatus

The ring ouzels are predominantly a summer resident in upland Britain. They live in steep sided gills, on crags and in gullies up to high altitudes. There are historic records for Ring Ouzels throughout the Yorkshire Dales National Park with the exception of western central and western areas.

It is hoped that increased bird recording through involvement in the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) will improve our knowledge of a range of upland bird species in the Dales.

At risk?

The population of this species is thought to be declining in the UK. In 2007 it became a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species and in 2011 it was added to Nature in the Dales: 2020 Vision the second biodiversity action plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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The unfolding of Grass Wood throughout the year is a story of rich fulfilment. From 'Wharfedale' by Ella Pontefract & Marie Hartley

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