During the period 1990 to 1993, several international expeditions to Senegal were organised by the Wetland Trust and subsequently a regular programme of bird ringing in The Gambia has been organised by J M B King, with the assistance of the Wetland Trust. A total of 75,000 Palearctic birds was ringed using rings supplied by the Centre de Recherches sur la Biologie des Populations d'Oiseaux (CRBPO, France) for Sénégal and British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), (UK & Ireland) for The Gambia. Also, many birds were captured that were already carrying rings from the Palearctic. Unfortunately, administrative problems have prevented a full data set of recoveries being made available and while there has been recent progress the problem remains unresolved. Given these circumstances it appears useful to publish an interim report, presenting details of the data currently available, and hopefully before too long it will be possible to publish a paper with more complete data.