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Chew Valley Ringing Station

is located in North Somerset just north of the Mendip hills on the southwest shore of Chew Valley Lake and on the A368 road midway between Bath and Weston-super-Mare, between the villages of Bishop Sutton and West Harptree.
Ringing started at Chew Valley Lake in 1963 and the first report was produced by the Mendip Ringing Group covering the years 1962-63. Our ringing area is mainly reed bed with some scrub. Between April and September we normally catch good numbers of Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers and a varying number of other species such as Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler plus the normal residents which now include Cetti's Warbler. We get a good passage of migrants and there is plenty of chance to see stages of moult. We also attempt to catch hirundines at roost.
If you wish to enquire about membership or have any other query please email us at cvrsringing@fsmail.net in the first instance for details.

CVRS Ringing Course 28th - 31st July 2016

CVRS ringing course 2016
Once again we were pleased to host a summer ringing course, attended by six participants and supported by various members of the ringing station. As usual the emphasis was on reed-bed ringing although we managed to produce some variety in terms of non-passerines including Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard and Water Rail for trainees to ring. The totals of birds ringed/processed are shown below.
Course totals
Species
New
Retrap
Total
Mute Swan
3
0
3
Canada Goose
1
1
2
Mallard
4
0
4
Water Rail
4
0
4
Black-headed Gull
0
1
1
Kingfisher
2
0
2
Great Spotted Woodpecker
1
0
1
Sand Martin
5
0
5
Swallow
250
4
254
Wren
12
1
13
Dunnock
5
8
13
Robin
9
1
10
Blackbird
3
2
5
Song Thrush
0
1
1
Cetti’s Warbler
3
0
3
Sedge Warbler
40
1
41
Reed Warbler
140
116
256
Lesser Whitethroat
2
0
2
Whitethroat
2
0
2
Garden Warbler
0
1
1
Blackcap
12
3
15
Chiffchaff
7
4
11
Willow Warbler
2
0
2
Long-tailed Tit
0
2
2
Blue Tit
10
17
27
Great Tit
2
2
4
Nuthatch
0
1
1
Treecreeper
2
0
2
Chaffinch
2
3
5
Greenfinch
1
0
1
Bullfinch
3
0
3
Reed Bunting
4
3
7
TOTALS
532
172
704
Whilst some participants came on the course simply to gain more experience we were pleased to be able to endorse two trainees for their applications to gain their C-permits. The weather was kind to us, there was no night-time rave music(!), the food provided was excellent and a good time was had by all.
2017 ringing course
2017 Ringing Course - Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July
Sun Jul 16 10:31:49
Adult Mediterranean Gull at Salt and Malt.
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Sat Jul 15 14:49:08
Some indication of reed warblers finishing breeding, some adults in post nuptial body moult (main post-breed moult is completed in Africa).
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Sat Jul 15 14:47:01
@_BTO CES session today: total captures 55 birds, 40 of which reed warblers.
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Tue Jul 11 19:16:25
@JohnHar45782426 @docmartin2mc Chew Valley Ringing Station!
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Tue Jul 11 17:56:09
@Bucktonbirder @docmartin2mc Perhaps the most useful thing we can say so far is they don't look like tristis
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Tue Jul 11 17:23:46
@Bucktonbirder @docmartin2mc Nobody said it was going to be easy!
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Tue Jul 11 15:44:53
@MaxHellicar1 @docmartin2mc We didn't! We were consistently (100%) getting tristis correct but this is self-selecti… https://t.co/cP8a8TSGMH
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Tue Jul 11 13:05:58
RT @CraigerUK500: 3 Chiff DNA samples from that day. 1 abietinus (9th confirmed in the UK), 1 tristis, 1 collybita! https://t.co/34h1Pavioz
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Tue Jul 11 12:52:58
Just had DNA confirmation from @docmartin2mc that this Chiffchaff ringed 3/12/16 is abietinus. 9th confirmed for UK! https://t.co/DCE4wg7JjH
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Sat Jul 08 17:41:25
RT @TonyJuniper: I did that back in about 1986. We got a few Egyptian Geese too as I recall. Tony Soper was there & filmed it for the BBC.…
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