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Bird Ringing and Wetland Species and Management at the London Wetland Centre

14 September 2016, London Wetland Centre

We were lucky enough to be provided with another opportunity to see behind the scenes at the London Wetland Centre, well worth the 6am meeting time!  Bill Haines and colleagues provided a fascinating demonstration of bird ringing techniques, explaining the history and rationale behind this monitoring method, and an insight into the detailed knowledge of bird ringers to identify, age and determine the condition of ringed birds.  We were privileged to see 46 birds up close, with nine species caught, including blackcap and long-tailed tit.  After we left Bill and co to finish up, they ringed a further 17 birds, including a cetti’s warbler.

After the ringing demo, Richard Bullock of the WWT provided a talk and tour of the LWC, focusing on wetland habitat management for species, and providing further insight to the issues managing this highly successful urban habitat creation scheme and very popular visitor attraction.

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Author: Peter Lawrence MCIEEM, Convenor of South East England Section Committee 

Left: Bill Haines explaining black cap characteristics
Right: Mist netting