Bird Ringing Demonstration in Slieve Gullion
The Ring of Gullion Project has teamed up with Jen Lynch, a licensed bird ringer with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), who will provide a demonstration on bird ringing on Sunday 15 October in Slieve Gullion Forest Park.
Bird Ringing is a process where a uniquely numbered, lightweight metal ring is placed on a bird’s leg. Jen will introduce people to the equipment used and demonstrate how different measurements are taken. She will also explain how bird ringing contributes to our understanding of changes in the populations of birds and their survival from year to year.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said, “You are invited to come along to this free event to learn more about the birds in Slieve Gullion Forest Park. 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 find out more about bird ringing and why it is a vital tool in bird conservation”.
Depending on the birds caught, there will be an opportunity to go through the key identification features and explain how to recognise the species in the field. You will be able to help record key information about the birds – their species, sex, weight, age, condition - before releasing them back into the Park.
Booking is essential and can be booked online at www.ringofgullion.org or by calling into Crossmaglen Community Centre, 028 3082 8590.