Bird ringing has been conducted at Oxwich Marsh by Gower Ringing Group since February 2013.
This is co-ordinated by Owain Gabb, a licensed bird ringer and trainer based in our Swansea Office.
The marsh is managed by Natural Resources Wales, and habitats include open water, reed bed, wet woodland and species-rich grassland to the landward side of an extensive area of sand dunes and open sandy foreshore. The entire area is notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
During 2015 almost 4,000 birds were captured at Oxwich, including large numbers of finches, swallows, goldcrests and reed bed warblers, as well as smaller numbers of passage migrants such as whinchat, redstart, tree pipit, lesser whitethroat and firecrest.
In 2015 a substantial proportion of the costs of rings and seed (for a feeding station) were covered by a Gower Society grant, for which the ringing group was extremely grateful.
The 2015 Oxwich Marsh ringing report can be found below:
Photo of Jack snipe by Charlie Sargent