Bob, Jerry, Will and myself ringed 60 birds and caught one retrap on the 24th April. On the 26th there had been a big fall of birds as they dropped in with some early morning drizzle. By the time we had to pack up to start work we had ringed 92 birds of 6 species and a retrap Wren.
To give an idea of species that day -
Willow Warbler 48
Sedge Warbler 2
Grasshopper Warbler 1
|A Heligoland Trap in Devon|
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The rebuilding of a Heligoland trap would seem to be essential to ensure the effective monitoring of birds using the island as a stop off point on their migration in Spring and Autumn. A small cost compared to the whole renovation project but a massive boost to the status of the island.
If you would like to help financially, or in any other way, to make the building of a Heligoland Trap happen, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Friends via firstname.lastname@example.org