Monday, 6 July 2009

Flat Holm Island.

Back in May, my girlfriend Laura went over to Flat Holm Island in the Bristol channel to help out with gull census work. Laura was invited back in July to help out with ringing young gulls and somehow managed to get me on the ringing trip! So that's where we've been the weekend just gone.

After a two hour car journey from Slimbridge we arrived in Cardiff to meet the boat to sail across to Flat Holm.

Then after dumping our kit and having a cuppa, we donned our overalls and hard hats and went into the colony!

Each Lesser Black Backed gull that was ringed had both a metal ring (right leg) and an orange darvic ring (left leg) fitted. Any sightings of these gulls can be sent to

In total 115 birds were caught.

105 gulls

10 passerines

100 Lesser Black Backed gull

5 Herring gull

3 Dunnock

3 Blackbird

2 Wren

1 Robin

1 Song Thrush.

Thanks to Brian Bailey, Maurice Durham, Mervyn Greening and Laura for the invite!

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