27 Mar 2019 Sharing Learning: a Bird Ringing Demonstration for Swansea University Biosciences Students
On 22 March 2019 BSG Ecology’s Owain Gabb, along with other members of the Gower Ringing Group, and Kelvin Jones, Welsh Development Officer for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), hosted a bird ringing demonstration for Swansea University students. The event took place at Natural Resources Wales’ Oxwich National Nature Reserve.
The ringing demonstration was attended by Year 1 and 2 Zoology, Biology and Marine Biology students. It proved very popular, and was considerably over subscribed (the site can only accommodate relatively small groups easily). A total of 15 students (in two groups) were talked through the process of ageing and sexing birds and shown how to take biometric data. They were also able to see the mist nets in situ. A good range of species were captured, including siskins, goldfinches and great spotted woodpeckers, and the groups were very enthusiastic about and engaged with the demonstration.
Martin Georgiev, the BTO Student Ambassador for Swansea University said, “The event offered students a unique opportunity to obtain both specific and transferable skills in a very professional and friendly environment. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and learned a lot from it.”
BSG Ecology has developed an excellent working relationship with Swansea University over the past ten years. Owain sits on the Swansea University Biosciences Steering Group, set up to provide information and guidance to assist in curriculum development, has provided direct supervision and training to a number of masters students projects, and has also spoken at Swansea University careers events. Owain is also a ringing trainer and a permit holder with Gower Ringing Group, and is ringer in charge at Oxwich. BSG Ecology currently employs a number of Swansea University graduates.
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