Monday, 27 June 2016

Are you interested in Bird Ringing?

We are now in a position that we can take on new trainee ringers.

We are active at a range of sites in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire, including:  
Kingfisher
Whinchat
  • 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
Wood warbler
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
28/06/2016

Sparrowhawk

12 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm a undergraduate student from Cardiff uni with some limited ringing experience. I would love to get involved! If you could send me more info that would be amazing - HallEJ3@cardiff.ac.uk

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  2. Hi Owain,
    I'd be interested in getting involved, I don't have any ringing experience but I am a keen birder
    Amyschwartz@hotmail.co.uk

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  3. Hi Owain,
    I'm a Skomer short term volunteer Warden and had a little experience of helping out with ringing activities on Skockholm. Would be great to have a conversation of what might be involved in training as a ringer. Thanks
    lcw8790@gmail.com

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  4. Hello Owain,
    Total novice ringer but keen birder and would love to learn how to help! My email: sarahjane.reece@outlook.com

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  5. Dear All. I have sent emails to the addresses you have provided. Thanks for your interest and look forward to speaking to you.

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  6. Hello Owain, I love to do this, have been waiting for an opportunity to be trained since about age 11 (now almost 19). I have had no formal ringing training but have been out with the group at Cwm Clydach to lend a hand when they were checking on the Pied fly's. My email is reesmoodycottage@btinternet.com
    Thanks, Ben

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  7. Hi owain as mad keen local birder I would love to get involved and put in plenty of time and effort into training and then helping out at any of ringing sites. mattthehunter@googlemail.com. Hope your well cheers matt hunter

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  8. Hi Owain, I am a student at the University of South Wales studying Natural History and keen to get experience in ringing.
    My email is rhodri-t@hotmail.co.uk
    Cheers Rhodri Tyrrell

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  9. I'm interested in getting involved: telspain@hotmail.com
    Thanks
    Terry

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  10. Hi Terry
    I have emailed you
    Regards
    Owain

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  11. hi Owain,
    i am interested in joining you, is it too late?
    Thanks
    Chris Jones

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  12. Hi Chris. No - if you email me (o.gabb@bsg-ecology.com) I will get back to you and we can have a chat.
    Regards
    Owain

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