The Ring of Gullion Project has teamed up with Jen Lynch (a licensed bird ringer with the BTO) who will provide a demonstration on Sunday 15th October of bird ringing, a process where a uniquely numbered lightweight metal ring is placed on a birds leg’s. Come along to this free event to learn more about the birds in Slieve Gullion Forest Park.
Jen will introduce people to the equipment used and demonstrate how different measurements are taken. Jen will also explain how bird ringing contributes to our understanding of changes in the populations of birds (falling or increasing) and their survival (from year to year).
Depending on the birds caught, there will be an opportunity to go through the key identification features and explain how to recognize the species in the field.
Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council states “ I would encourage anyone interested in the bird life of Slieve Gullion to attend, what promises to be a very interesting demonstration.”
“This event provides an opportunity to see our beautiful birds up close and also to find out more about bird ringing and why it is a vital tool in bird conservation.”
You’ll learn more about the birds in Slieve Gullion Forest Park and the value of bird ringing. You will be able to help her record key information about the birds (species, sex, weight, age, condition) before releasing them back into the Park.