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Branching Out, Blue Tits and Buntings

Branching Out participants enjoyed a session of bird ringing with the Tag-n-Track Project

The Tag-n-Track Project travelled to the Greenock Cut Centre this week to deliver a ringing session to the participants of the current Branching Out course. This is a woodland activity programme for adults with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and pyschosis. They also complete the John Muir Award so finding out about the local bird life is always a great activity to enagage the participants.

Firstly, the group leared about our gull tagging project and took part in a lively discussion about gulls and their views on them. The ringing demonstration then got underway with the arrival of chaffinches, great tits, goldfinches and the nemesis of all bird ringers… the blue tit.

Blue tits in particular have a habit of pulling the skin off from around the fingernails of ringers and will painfully nip the ringer until it is released. This was demonstrated on Project Officer Hayley, much to the enjoyment of the group! Techniques were then shown on how to measure the birds’ biometrics and some of the participants then released the birds. Our final bird of the session was a species that was a first to be ringed in the Park. After double checking the field guides, the female reed bunting was soon sporting her ring before being released.

The Tag-n-Track Project is supported by funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde LEADER and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

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