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The Wind in the Willows

Monday, November 23rd 2015

…..and other trees. After the high winds over the weekend and today, several trees like this Alder had come down and/or were hung up at dangerous angles.

Checking that the trees both adjacent to and off the paths are in a safe condition for our visitors is an important aspect of the management here. We found several trees today that were unsafe and had to be cut down…

and another important aspect is loading the bird ringing data which is almost a daily activity all year long.  Out of interest 4330 new birds have been loaded so far this year, well down on previous years (but there are many more pages to go), and 1701 retraps.  Tonight two Guillemot retraps were loaded from Cape Wrath in July this year and both were 20 years old having been ringed at the very same site in the mid 90s!  They were both ringed as chicks so we know exactly how old they are and that they hatched on the stacks immediately to the east of Faraid Head.
 


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