Thursday 22 October was a Suffolk Wildlife Trust/Touching the Tide event held at Stanny Field Centre.
The day started at 8.00am when Stanny Environment Group members;Mervyn Miller, Carl Powell and Mike Pratt gave a bird ringing demonstration to the twenty odd attendees. After coffee Rodney West (SEG) presented a PowerPoint presentation about bird migration in general and some of the projects which the SEG members are involved in throughout Europe.
A walk to the river wall followed with migrants such as fieldfare, redwing, green sandpiper, black-tailed godwit among others were ticked off during the walk.
Kingfisher and a pair of stonechats (habitat migrants!) where also seen. After lunch the group visited an area of saltmarsh on the farm and discussed its importance not only for wildlife but also as protection to the river walls.
The Ancient Tree Forum came to Stanny Field Centre last Saturday 17 October. The get together
was the inaugral meeting of the East Anglian branch. After a few introductory words,over
50 attendees walked across to the nearby Captain’s Wood part of which is ancient wood pasture.
Four plus hours later they all returned for a very late lunch! see more on the ATF website below;
The weekend of the 10/11 October was the second residential wader ringing course held this autumn. The first one, held in September was blessed with fine and calm weather for the two evenings of the catches. Over 120 birds were caught – these were mainly redshank plus four other species. The October course was a little windier and very dark, which probably effected the numbers caught – 96 over the two nights but of eleven species including; 21 black-tailed godwits which were also colour ringed, five jack snipe, ten teal, an adult lapwing and an avocet, two knot also were among the birds caught.
Both courses were fully booked and everyone had a great time, ate well and slept well! And over 200 birds for the two courses is a job well done!