NLRG was formed in 1957 to help in the study of birds in the Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society area. There are currently 12 active ringers. Species currently being studied include: Pied Flycatcher, Bearded Tit, Sand Martin, Twite, Goosander, Oystercatcher and Grey Wagtail. Migration has been studied for 28 years at Heysham. We welcome anyone who wants to observe, help or perhaps wish to become a ringer. Photo: A Heysham-ringed Twite on the Mull of Kintyre (thanks to Eddie Maguire)

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Reed Bed Ringing Latest Results

Still proving a rather difficult and disappointing season at Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve. Our main study species Bearded Tit is well down,  60 juveniles by this time in 2014 only 16 so far this year. Reed Warblers, 70 juveniles last year only 17 to date this year. Sedge Warblers a little better,12 last year 8 this year. Blur Tits though are disastrous, we ringed at our normally most successful  site along the reed edge and for the first time in 25 years did not catch a single  blue Tit. Last year  we had ringed 80 juveniles, this year only 24.

I am certain that the cold ,wet and windy spring is the main factor behind these poor figures for ringing effort is only marginally down. Lets hope that  in the case of Bearded Tits and the warblers it has just delayed the start to the breeding season.  One complicating factor is that half the reserve is being dried out in an  effort designed to re-invigorate the reed in future seasons.There does  appear to be less insect life in the dry areas than the still wet areas. What effect this will have on productivity will be interesting to see.


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