The total number of birds ringed in the twelve months under review (1st July 1971 to 30th June 1972) was 15679, 1758 fewer than in the previous year, however, the number of Palaearctic migrants ringed was up by nearly 400 to 11014. A disappointing aspect of this year's report is the small number of overseas recoveries; no explanation can be given for this and it is hoped that next year the figures will improve. Only fifteen ringers were operating in the three East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda during the year, a drop of six from the previous year's total; it should be mentioned that most of the birds were ringed by only four ringers. In the list of birds ringed (Table I) nomenclature follows the lists of C.M.N. White (references given in the 1968-1969 ringing report, this Journal 28(119): 16-26).