We are active at a range of sites in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire, including:
- Cwm Clydach RSPB Reserve where we have a long running project re-trapping adult pied flycatchers that aims to collect high quality data on between year survival rates;
- Penclacwydd (WWT Llanelli) where we run a Constant Effort Site (collecting a standardised data set to analyse change in bird populations);
- Oxwich Marsh National Nature Reserve (where we catch large numbers of migrant warblers, swallows and finches and are active throughout the year); and
- Margam Park (where our captures regularly include species that forage in open grassland habitats such as mistle thrush and green woodpecker).
|Pied flycatcher nest|
The variety of habitats at the sites we visit, and the commitment of members of the Group to ensure that sessions are run regularly provides trainees with the opportunity to study a wide variety of birds in the hand and to steadily improve their skills.
We are a very active, friendly group with a varied demographic, and include university students / researchers, ecological consultants, site wardens and representatives of Gower Ornithological Society, as well as people with a more general interest in birds and other wildlife who work / have worked outside the conservation sector. We would be more than happy to talk to you about the principles of the ringing scheme, and the level of time and commitment required to progress towards a licence if you decide ringing is for you (after a few taster sessions). A reasonable level of physical fitness is needed, particularly for the pied flycatcher work, while an ability to identify birds is always an advantage (albeit this can be taught to a large degree). We ring on both weekdays (morning and evening) and weekends, so a full time job does not preclude your attending sessions.
If you would think you would like to get involved, just leave your contact details in a comment at the bottom of the page and we will get back to you with further information.
Gower Ringing Group