This weekend three of the group went to Whiteford Burrows on the North Gower coast to help with the annual visit to ring Oystercatchers in the Burry Inlet.
With equiment from the SCAN wader ringing group and Steve Dodds, we had a successful catch of 175 Oystercatchers. One was a very old bird, ringed across the estuary at Burry Port in 1991.
A beautiful if rather windswept site at which to spend the morning.
Thanks to Dave Coker, Steve and Rachel for an interesting and enjoyable weekend.
The National Trust bunkhouse at Cwm Ivy was an excellent base and highly recommended for a group stay
For further reading on this work on Oystercatchers see this interesting paper from 2010
Analyses of Oystercatcher body condition and survival on the Burry Inlet SPA
( Burton, N.H.K., Wright, L.J., Coker, D. & Dodd, S.G. 2010. CCW Contract Science Report No:
952, 28pp, CCW/BTO.)
Hopefully the wind will drop sometime this week to enable us to get out ringing on the Teifi Marsh.