Paulus; Expect a PM from me, in due course, mate! (I'm not sure what's going on with me right now, look. Certainly shouldn't be f**king concious! My Body Clock's gone west)
TC; There's simply no way on gods little green earth that we can have 'Too Many Ringers', mate! The whole purpose of the scheme, since its inception over a century ago, is to track and keep tabs on perfectly normal, naturally behaving, wild birds.
I catch birds on my patch. I ring them and let them go. How great, if there were a network of Ringers, every few miles from me. We'd track every move 'My' birds made and would be recording each others, almost day to day.
And no migrant would go unchecked. We'd be telling Russia; " One of yours, hatched in Moscow, has turned up over here. Paired up with a Norwegian bird! "
As it is? It's probably closer to a " Message in a Bottle " thing! We may, individually, ring hundreds and hundreds of birds. And never hear of them again. Because there's no one else out there to pick them up on their radar.
Both my neighbour / mates. Pat and Noel, have listened to me. Both have deliberately bent down and picked up dead birds they've noticed. And the pair of them were absolutely chuffed that I could then tell them these birds life histories. Because they were rung
See? From ground zero, to international levels, ringing is good. On so many levels. How then can we have too many people willing to get out there and spend their time trying to support the effort?