More News from the North

Tuesday, July 5th 2011

Technology is marvellous!  This photograph of John with a Storm Petrel arrived overnight from Cape Wrath in NW Scotland.  These tiny birds spend most of their time at sea and only come to land during the night to avoid the close attention of larger sea birds.  There are many hundreds of these birds breeding at Cape Wrath and thousands of immature, prospecting wanderers visit the area.  The group has ringed these tiny birds for many years and has a long list of movements from Iceland and Norway in the north to Portugal and South Africa further south!

John with Storm Petrel

Whilst the ringing team were enjoying NW Scotland, Elizabeth, Tom and Josh were delivering a third and final day of visits for Hurworth School and a small but dedicated band of volunteers spent the day painstakingly clearing gorse from the heathland area where the growing piles of vegetation were a testament to their hard work on a warm and sunny day!

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