Every week we get someone that phones or emails us and informs us that they have found a bird of prey and that it has one of our rings on it. We do a quick search to see if the bird is registered on our ID Rings data-base and in 25% of cases we have to say to the person, sorry but the bird is not registered.
For example, again today, a Lanner Falcon lost in Yorkshire, ring number (151? www.id-rings.eu), but the owner has never registered it. He has lost his bird and does not know that someone has found it distressed etc. Not having the bird / RING registered means that we are not in a position to phone the owner and tell them where their bird is, incredible but fact!, and this happens every week!!!, ….. so what does everyone make of this and why do the majority of owners of birds of prey NOT register their birds ?
it's the cost of the £10 ?
Is it because they do not know of the service ?
Is it because they do not care ?
Is it because they think they will never loose their bird ?
So what is the conclusion ?
I have come to the general opinion that birds of prey in the UK in particular are no longer valued by their owners and many current falconers and breeders fly and keep birds with no safeguard in place, … a simple illustration of complacency.
ID Rings Europe register about 250 bird/rings per year but supply in excess of 3000 rings for birds of prey every year, that is a shocking statistic of 'none registration'.
FINAL NOTE: (to all falconers and breeders). If you can't be bothered registering your bird/ring with us then please don't bother us when you loose your bird.
Team UK Falcons / ID Rings Europe