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Bird Ringing in the Isle of Lewis

Why ring birds?

Ringing birds means that they can be identified as individuals. Then we are able to learn about how long they live, when and where they move. This is very important for bird conservation. It does not harm the birds.

Mostly at the moment bird ringing is about monitoring bird populations.

Identifying how many of the young birds that leave the nest survive to adulthood, and how many adults survive breeding stresses, migration and severe weather.

Over 800,000 birds are ringed in Britain and Ireland each year.

There are 2,000 trained ringers, (most are volunteers).


Bird ringing : Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting

Emberzia schoeniclus

Photograph © Grahame Thompson
Aiginish - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
October 7th, 2006

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Bird ringing in Lewis

Bird Ringing on the Isle of Lewis


If you would like to join a bird ringing session on the Isle of Lewis and learn out more, then you are welcome to join Grahame Thompson who is one of two British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) ringers on the island, he does the East side.

Grahame's usual ringing areas are the Castle Grounds and Aiginish, plus a whole heap of other sites depending on time of year and species!


If you are interested in going to a bird ringing session with Grahame, please email him your mobile number and he can text you:    hawfinch@btinternet.com


Bird ringing is very weather dependant. The decision is
usually made the night before, at best it will be 48 hours notice, but that can change !!

Participants should be be equipped with warm clothing, waterproofs,
wellies as well as snacks and a hot drink.


British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) web site




See a photograph of a female reed bunting by Debbie Bozkurt

Other local bird photographs

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