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Bird Lice!

Sunday, August 15th 2010

The weather stayed fine for the eleventh CES bird ringing day. The Constant Effort Site scheme provides valuable trend information on abundance of adults and juveniles, productivity and also adult survival rates for 25 species of common songbird.

Today was the best day in terms of numbers of birds caught and ringed during this session over the last 18 years at Foxglove. For more information of this scheme you can visit the BTO website: www.bto.org

Phil studying distribution of bird lice in the UK

In addition to acquiring a metal ring some of our feathered friends received a bit of pampering from Phil (pictured here)!

As part of his Masters degree in Science at Lincoln University in New Zealand, Phil is studying the distribution of bird lice across the UK.

Checking for bird lice

In the 19th century bird species were intoduced to New Zealand from Britain. Phil's investigation will help to explain why some lice species exist here and not in his home country.

His thesis will provide a small yet important piece of a much greater picture. We wish him luck!


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