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 2017 over 3,800 birds were processed at Oxwich, including large numbers of hirundines, reed bed warblers, tits and finches. Highlights were several foreign controls, including winter recoveries of an Oxwich-ringed blackcap and a chiffchaff in Spain, a few new birds (ringed) for the site (yellowhammer, yellow wagtail and mute swan), and a late run of bramblings in November and December.
In 2017 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 2017 Oxwich Marsh ringing report can be found below:
If you have any queries about ornithological survey work, please get in touch with Owain Gabb: 01792 363026
Top Photograph: Starling ~ Photo taken by Stephen Vickers