First Bonfire and Last CES of the year

Tuesday, August 30th 2011

A busy day with the volunteers clearing the remaining brash from the horse logging on the open day.  Two bonfires saw the mess quickly disappear before we moved onto clearing the area of self-seeded birch.

First Bonfire Autumn 2011

In the middle of all the Birch we discovered some small Hazel, Oak, Hawthorn and Aspen that had been almost completely smothered by the birch.

Happy Hazel

Meanwhile the ringers have been busy since 5:30am with the final CES session of the year.  A record 319 birds were processed keeping everyone very busy throughout the day.  A quick assessment of the figures now that the final session is over shows that 2707 birds were caught on CES this year - the highest number ever in the 19 years the scheme has run at Foxglove. 2479 were trapped in 2006 which was the previous record.  2394 hours have been spent ringing over the years which equates to 100 days and nights non - stop!  3101 new birds have already been ringed in Foxglove this year which is well on the way to an all time record.  As far as individual species are concerned there have been 46, and totals for these include 159 Bullfinch, 291 Lesser Redpoll, 442 Chaffinch, 209 Willow Warblers, 109 Chiffchaff, 56 Wren and 98 Robin.  Thanks go to the scribe, ringers, staff and volunteers for their invaluable help in producing this outstanding data set - and for the gardening, net ride maintenance and production of endless cups of tea and sticky buns. It is a remarkable achievement.


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