Are you interested in Bird Ringing?

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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:  
  • 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 as part of a UK-wide initiative aimed at analysing 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).
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 note that to make progress towards a licence you need to attend most weeks (and aim for every week), and you need to be able to drive and have access to a car. Early starts are a fact of ringing life unfortunately; arrival on site at 05:30 is typical in the mid-summer. 
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.
A few pictures of birds captured in 2016 are below.
Gower Ringing Group
Water rail. We captured three of this species in 2016.

Jack snipe. We have captured 23 individuals at the marsh since late 2014. We have now proven between winter site fidelity from retrap data.

Yellow-browed warbler. In 2016 we caught 16 different individuals, including nine in one session.

Firecrests. A scarce migrant in October and November. We capture 3-4 per year.

A genuine Welsh rarity. A little bunting captured in October 2016.
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Eleanor Huckle
19 July 2017 17:33

Hi! I would love to get involved! I have some experience ringing in Europe, but I am looking for opportunities to continue this in the UK. My contact details are 07787771098

Eleanor Huckle
19 July 2017 17:31

Hi! I would really love to get involved. I have some ringing experience abroad and I am looking for opportunities to continue this in the UK. 07787771098

Libby Brooks
19 July 2017 13:58

Hello! I would love to get involved with ringing. Please let me know if you need anymore details from me:, tel: 07837601511, thank you!

Owain Gabb
20 August 2017 15:30
Reply to  Libby Brooks

hi Libby
did you get my email

19 July 2017 09:33

Would love to get involved! Wanda O'Connor – – 07479501120.

Alex Shingler
19 July 2017 08:47

Hello I would love to get involved.

My contact is or 07823447266.

Looking forward to hearing back from You!


19 July 2017 07:30

Matt Joyce –

19 July 2017 06:58

Yes! 07768825313

19 July 2017 06:33

Myself and my partner would love to become involved with ringing. We've been birding for a few years now. I did an internship on Ramsey Island with the RSPB and we have both assisted with ringing Manx shearwaters. We are Lizzie and Jamie on 07895259040 or We live in Reynoldston, so the Oxwich marsh location is ideal for us. We do have a car so we can get to the other locations too and early starts are no stranger to us (in fact they're ideal as we both work full time). Would love to hear back from you. Many… Read more »

Joanne Conway
18 July 2017 23:48

Hi! I would love to get involved in this. My contact details are:
Joanne Conway
Phone: 07854635235

Stephen Vickers
18 July 2017 22:56

I'd love to get involved! My email is

Kirsty Franklin
18 July 2017 22:55

I am very interested in learning to ring and would love to be involved with your group. My email is

Cathy C
18 July 2017 17:01

Cathy 01792 920916