January 22nd, 2021
restored from 17/12/2019
We host many research & study projects at Berrycroft Hub. One of these is the West Oxfordshire Farmland Bird Project who are collecting data & working with us on the farm here. We’ve been surveying species, supplementary feeding, nest monitoring, installing nest boxes, maintaining seed/cover crops & field margins for farmland birds. (Nearly 70% of farmland bird species are ground nesting).
The project has been focussing on four particular key farmland species, Tree Sparrow, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer & Skylark. A big part of the surveying is ringing the birds to enable us to collect individual data.
Come & join us on Sunday 22nd December at Berrycroft Hub as we carry out a public bird ringing demonstration to show what we do as part of these surveys & to enable us to show you some of the birds up close.
During this event we will be catching birds under license in the Berrycroft farmyard & Hub garden with special mist nets that cause no harm to the bird. Then we will be tagging each bird with an individually numbered metal ring whilst taking biometric measurements that enable us to assess the birds’ health. We then release them back out into the wild.
This will also be an amazing opportunity to discover more about the birds in your own gardens.
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