It’s a New Year and it’s time to introduce you all to the exciting new project starting in Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Tag-n-Track (TnT) is using the latest technology to track birds locally and globally. This project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde LEADER & Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park and started on the 9th of January. It will run for the next two years.
One of the species we will be tagging and tracking is the lesser black-backed gull. They are a much maligned species, most people viewing them as chip-stealing pests. However, are you aware that some of these UK amber listed birds (due to fewer individuals over a limited range) actually migrate to Europe and Africa in the winter time and then back to the UK in the summer.
The project will also be tagging juvenile barn owls to investigate their dispersal after they leave the nest. The data collected will be used to gain a better understanding of how the birds use the Regional Park. It will also allow us to develop and deliver an extensive school project across the Park encompassing the three council areas. We will be offering numerous events, workshops and talks to various groups and other interested parties. We will start deploying tags this summer and there will be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved in volunteering with the project.