Are you interested in Bird Ringing?

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

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
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
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Owain Gabb
30 November 2016 18:27

Hi Chris. No – if you email me ( I will get back to you and we can have a chat.

chris jones
30 November 2016 13:40

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

Owain Gabb
9 July 2016 12:37

Hi Terry
I have emailed you

6 July 2016 15:02

I'm interested in getting involved:

Rhodri T
29 June 2016 09:00

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
Cheers Rhodri Tyrrell

matt hunter
28 June 2016 22:37

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. Hope your well cheers matt hunter

Ben Rees
28 June 2016 21:26

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
Thanks, Ben

Owain Gabb
28 June 2016 16:12

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

Cati Chapatti
28 June 2016 13:35

Hello Owain,
Total novice ringer but keen birder and would love to learn how to help! My email:

Lynn Watts
28 June 2016 12:22

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

Amy Schwartz
28 June 2016 08:09

Hi Owain,
I'd be interested in getting involved, I don't have any ringing experience but I am a keen birder

Ethan Hall
27 June 2016 22:28

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 –