This is a blog about the day-to-day bird ringing activities at South Milton Ley Nature Reserve. Ringing has taken place at the site since 1969 and was partly responsible for the recognition of its importance to breeding and passage birds and subsequent purchase and establishment as a nature reserve. Historically the emphasis has been on trapping large numbers of migrants during spring and autumn passage but, as the migratory routes of most species are already well understood, the focus has now shifted to more demographic based studies. Don’t expect lots of photos of birds in the hand. There are plenty of other websites with those and I prefer to handle birds for as short a time as possible. In the unlikely event that I trap anything unusual, then photographs will be part of the recording process.