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2019 Bird Ringing Course

25th to 28th July 2019

Our ringing course is primarily reed-bed ringing of passerines (including Swallow roosts) and we aim to catch a few waterfowl for ringing experience. Catching is mainly using mist-nets; we also use a Heligoland trap and various ‘bird-triggered’ traps. We will demonstrate use of a whoosh-net if possible. Afternoon 'theory' sessions cover the moult cycle, wing formulae, correct handling of birds and data entry (hopefully DemOn by then) etc. All participants receive an appraisal at the end of the course and get to keep ringing data sheets of birds they have ringed/processed personally. To get an idea of the type of habitat and range of species likely to be caught and processed, see the lists below from previous years. Nothing’s guaranteed of course - other than lots of Reed Warblers which are excellent practice for ageing, moult, fat and muscle scores etc.

The course is an ideal opportunity for different levels of assessment: for trainee ringers to gain wider experience or obtain an appraisal for a 'C permit'; for existing 'C' ringers seeking independent assessment to 'A' permit; and for 'A' ringers wanting assessment for a training endorsement. If space allows, also for ringers simply seeking further experience. Note: the course is for people who already hold permits or have had reasonable experience as a trainee – it is not suitable for beginners.

We aim to have a group of up to eight participants of mixed levels of experience on the course. Throughout the course they will be supported by very experienced tutors. Places will be allocated, following the BTO’s guidelines, by selecting an appropriate balance of participants. If there are any vacancies after 1st April 2019 they will be filled on a first come first served basis. Our courses have a reputation for being run on a very friendly basis and with excellent catering: we are there to support and encourage and not to intimidate participants!

The course fee is expected to be £165. This includes the cost of all rings, notes and full catering from Thursday evening to Sunday lunch plus tea, coffee etc throughout the weekend. Course participants will need to provide their own sleeping accommodation – either camping in the secluded garden of the ringing station or in or camper van. The ringing station has a washroom with h&c water, a shower, two toilets and full kitchen facilities. All food and catering are provided..

Applicants will be notified by 1st April 2019 (or earlier if possible) if a place has been reserved following which payment will be requested. A full set of instructions and detailed information about the course will follow.

For more information and a booking form please email or phone Bob Medland, Email: hirundo.bm@gmail.com tel: 01761 452959
2017 Course totals
Species
New
Retrap
Total
Water Rail
6
3
9
Moorhen
1
0
1
Great Spotted Woodpecker
1
0
1
Sand Martin
2
0
2
Swallow
73
0
73
Wren
12
7
19
Dunnock
10
7
17
Robin
11
10
21
Blackbird
4
0
4
Cetti’s Warbler
4
6
10
Sedge Warbler
57
2
59
Reed Warbler
168
146
314
Whitethroat
1
0
1
Garden Warbler
1
1
2
Blackcap
21
5
26
Chiffchaff
7
0
7
Willow Warbler
4
1
5
Goldcrest
1
0
1
Long-tailed Tit
5
17
22
Coal Tit
3
3
6
Blue Tit
34
30
64
Great Tit
26
10
36
Nuthatch
0
1
1
Treecreeper
2
2
24
House Sparrow
2
0
2
Chaffinch
3
0
3
Goldfinch
6
0
6
Bullfinch
3
1
4
Reed Bunting
3
1
4
TOTALS
471
252
723
2016 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