02 Jan 2020 Oxwich Marsh Ringing Report 2019
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, and the Director of our Welsh offices.
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 a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
During 2019 3,379 birds were processed at Oxwich. Highlights included three between winter recaptures of common snipe (for which it was the best year to date with sixty-one captured) and one of jack snipe. These records indicate between-winter site fidelity and point to the nature conservation value of the marsh for these species. There were two new species for the site, pied flycatcher and jay, while the capture of three firecrests was locally notable, and skylarks, water rail, lesser whitethroat and a yellowhammer were infrequently captured species for the Group. There were also several foreign controls and recoveries, including of reed warbler, sedge warbler, redwing and barn swallow. Perhaps most gratifying, however, was that several group members obtained additional ringing endorsements or permits over the course of the year, including BSG’s own Joanne Conway.
A summary of activity, along with a more detailed report can be viewed on the Gower Ornithological Society website.
If you have any queries about ornithological survey work, please contact Owain Gabb
Top Image: Yellowhammer (credit: Richard Dann)