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:
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.|