Wednesday 26 May 2021

Bird ringing and nest box checks on the Windrush Path

In February 2020, the Lower Windrush Valley Project put up 12 small bird nest boxes along the Windrush Path near Standlake, 6 open fronted boxes and 6 with a 32mm hole. The boxes were purchased using funds raised through a nest box adoption scheme and supported by Linear Fisheries. A further 5 wooden nest boxes were already present along the path.

In May 2021, we invited our nest box sponsors to join us making nest box checks and ringing any birds using the boxes. We were thrilled with the success of the new boxes - 97 chicks and 3 adults ringed as part of the British Trust for Ornithology ringing scheme.

Great tit chick

Bird ringing generates information on the survival, productivity and movements of birds, helping us to understand why populations are changing. This data makes a major contribution to the study of population changes and to our understanding of species declines.

We made a short video with photos and footage of our visits including a demonstration of fitting a ring. It can be viewed on YouTube here:

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