• First roost of the season

    We've been at Belvide starting on the reed bunting roost in one of the reedbeds where reed bunting and starling regularly roost. In previous years we've caught several hundred reed bunting over several weeks but very few retraps from the same period of time, suggesting a bird turn over in the number of birds using the roost.

    This evening we caught 35 new birds, plus 2 starling out of a small murmuration which dropped into the reeds. More to come over the following weeks!

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  • Can't get enough Mipits!

    After spending a couple of weeks in northern Norway ringing literally hundreds of Meadow Pipits--were are mainly engaged in ringing the same species as they move through our patch. This usually takes place over about a month from now until early October. We have ringed 48 so far but our hope are high for many more. We know very little about where they originate--or where they are destined. We think they spend the winter mostly to the north of the Med but lets hope we get some controls to find out. Most warblers have moved on from Belvide--except a few Chiffchaff. We would like a good number of Blackcaps feeding on berries but there are none about although my friend in Worcester caught a decent number today--there's still hope of a push through.

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  • Belvide 3rd September

    Another cracking day at Belvide with a new tick for the group

    Robin 4, Dunnock 2, Chiffchaff 7, Reed Warbler 8, Sedge Warbler 1, Blackcap 1, Wren 1, Goldcrest 1, Chaffinch 1, Reed Bunting 1, Long-tailed Tit 3, Great Tit 3, Whitethroat 1, Blue Tit 1 and the Star bird of the day Long eared Owl 1.

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  • Belvide 30th August

    Not too bad a day, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 17, Reed Warbler 13, Willow Warbler 5, Blue Tit 3, Dunnock 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Wren 2, Reed Bunting 1, Sand Martin 8, House Martin 1.

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  • Belvide 27th August

    After a misty damp start we managed to ring 36 new birds but hardly any retraps. Willow Warbler 6, Chiffchaff 10, Spotted flycatcher 3, Wren 1, Reed Warbler 9, Robin 2, Kingfisher 1, Dunnock 1, Blackcap 1, Great Tit 1, Blue Tit 1. Other bird seen included 2 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Egret

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  • The Big Lottery Fund

    We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in our application for funding through the Awards for All Scheme from the Big Lottery Fund.

    Our aim is to increase the number of bird ringing demonstrations, bird ringing experiences, bird identification walks, which includes our very popular Nightjar walks on Cannock Chase that we have introduced since we have received this funding.

    We have a number of sites across Staffordshire and the West Midlands, which include Belvide Nature Reserve, Brewood, Staffordshire. Cannock Chase, Staffordshire and Wm Wheat & Son, Aldridge.

    We hope that increasing the number of free activities will encourage our local communities to get and about and enjoy nature, improving their understanding of bird ringing, habitats and what they can do to encourage wildlife of all types to their gardens.

    Our walks are designed to include people of all ages and abilities to improve fitness and well being, encouraging people to meet others with similar interests.

    Our group are always open to new idea’s and have already agreed dates with partner organisations to conduct bird ringing demonstrations at their sites, which have not been ringed before.

    For all of the up to date information on Brewood ringers events, please keep checking here or follow us on twitter @brewoodringers. You can also keep up to date with one of our sites on www.wheatswildlife.co.uk or follow them on twitter @wheatwildlife.

    We hope you will join us on one of our many events. If you have any questions or would like us to conduct a bird ringing demonstration or bird identification walk at your sites please feel free to get in touch.

    Once again thank you to The Big Lottery Fund

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  • Belvide 23rd August

    Not too bad a morning things are starting to pick up a little with not many retraps

    Chiffchaff 23, Robin 2, Willow Warbler 3, Garden Warbler 2, Blackcap 5, Dunnock 1, Sedge Warbler 3, Whitethroat 1, Wren 1, Redstart 1, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Sand Martin 1, Reed Warbler 7, Swallow 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Goldcrest 1, Goldfinch 1, House Martin 11, Reed Bunting 1, Blue Tit 1, Great Tit 1.

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  • Fun and games in the Arctic

    If you haven't already caught up with the team in Norway, check out their Varanger Ringing blog - http://varangerringing.blogspot.co.uk

    Birds include bluethroat, little bunting, arctic redpoll, wading birds and a few surprises!

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  • Belvide 9th August

    Totals for today included willow warbler 7, sedge warbler 3, chiffchaff 6, blackcap 1, wren 2, robin 1, reed warbler 2, blue tit 1, kingfisher 1. For every 3 birds caught there were probably 2 retraps so we must have had 60+ birds including these.

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  • A steady trickle of migrants

    Not as many birds around as last weekend--but we still managed a decent catch of 67 new birds plus many retraps.

    Highlights were; 10 Sedgeis--more encouraging numbers now; 11 Reedies, 13 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow arbs, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Lesset Wh/throat --but only 3 Blackcaps.

    Highlights were-- the first Spotted Flycatcher, and 9 Sand Martin.

    Need to keep an eye on the weather and our website to check what is on this weekend.

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