Keep your eyes peeled for colour-ringed curlews

As part of the head-starting efforts by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) at Slimbridge, no fewer than 50 Eurasian Curlew chicks have been colour-ringed to allow further study after their release. As a result, WWT is asking all birders to submit any sightings of the birds. Away from Slimbridge, Curlews have also been colour-ringed... Continue Reading →

Your Curlew Sightings are Important

The critical decline of Curlew is well documented and your help is required in reporting all sightings of recently colour-ringed birds. Some Curlew wintering on the Usk and Severn have been ringed, using six rings on the legs. These birds may of course travel west and be seen here in East Glamorgan. Information on their... Continue Reading →

Help prevent a Curlew catastrophe

The long, decurved bill, reminiscent of a crescent moon, and its evocative bubbling call are distinctive characteristics that make the Curlew so easily identifiable.  Yet it is in real danger of becoming a thing of the past as it has just become one of the newest additions to the British Red List of Birds of... Continue Reading →

Small Grant Scheme from WOS

A small grants scheme is offered by the Welsh Ornithological Society to support the research of birds in Wales. For 2012, two grants of up to £500 are available for project that will benefit red or amber listed species. The project should aim to improve: Current knowledge of status, trends, distribution or species requirements Habitat... Continue Reading →

Is Mist Netting Safe?

Mist nets are commonly used by researchers to capture birds in the study of their behaviour, movements and demographics.  A recently published study has, for the first time, evaluated the risks associated with mist netting. Mortality and injury rates were quantified from over 300,000 birds caught by 22 banding (ringing) organisations across the US and... Continue Reading →

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