The 'Bache, Shearwood & McShane' ringing group
In 2016 the group began the colour darvic ringing of Black-headed Gull and Common Tern chicks at Marsh Lane Nature Reserve near Coventry. The darvic rings are very lightweight and enable anyone with suitable optical equipment to read the ring number and report their sighting without the bird having to be recaught to read the BTO metal ring instead.
As the project develops we will discover where birds from the reserve disperse to, how quickly and how long they survive. Check out the current sightings we've had using the link below.
Throughout Europe there are many colour ringing projects on many different species. Many of them have shared details of the project and who to contact on the European Colour Ring Birding website. Alternatively you can report a sighting of any colour ringed bird of any species to the EURING website.
Think you've seen one of our birds? Report your sighting below:
Find out more project on black-headed gulls and common terns
Colour Ringing: Marsh Lane
Our first year and we have ringed over 200 Black-headed Gull chicks of which 182 have been given a colour darvic ring. All rings used at Marsh Lane are black with white text.
The 2016 sequences begin 2A or 2B followed by two other letters. Please report any sightings of birds with rings that fit this description to us using the form on this page.
If you see a Black-headed Gull wearing a different ring, take a look on the European Colour Ring Birding website to see if you can find a match. Alternative log your sighting though the EURING portal.
In addition to the gull chicks, the reserve is also home to several pairs of Common Tern. In 2016 a total of 19 chicks were ringed with 7 also given a colour darvic ring. All our darvics on Common Terns start with C0.
If you see a Common Tern wearing a darvic fitting this description, please report it to us using the form on this page.
Project update 2016