Sunday, November 18, 2018

John Stewart - our new Banding Liaison Officer

I've been banding since making a day visit to the Copeland Bird Observatory near Belfast about 35 years ago and promptly becoming hooked. My wife Kay and I signed up as trainee ringers and enjoyed working on the Island so much that we soon progressed to full ringing permits and qualified to take charge at the Observatory. Over the years I've been involved in many projects on a wide range of species including Constant Effort Ringing at a large reed bed site, roost catching hirundines, wintering thrushes and finches, colony work with terns, gulls and shearwaters, nest box studies and, of course, banding migrants at the Observatory. I also qualified as a member of the British Trust for Ornithology's Ringing Trainers Panel.