Sunday, 27 October 2013

Summer 2013 - Round up

And so with all the summer sun and fun behind me, it was time to return to Bangor University for my final year, studying Zoology with Animal Behaviour.

My summer had been jam packed with Scotland, England, Wales; North, East and West, birding, ringing, driving, lamping, land management, making new friends and contacts, renewing old friendships, driving, new boyfriend, Bardsey, gardening, driving, new qualifications, farm management and more driving. Despite being fairly exhausting, I had loved every minute of it ! My visual bird identification skills had improved immensely, and my ringing and practical conservation training had progressed far further than I thought they would in 3 months. I'd gained experience in many and varied areas of ornithological conservation, and all this has helped towards clarifying which jobs I would enjoy after university.

I want to use this space to thank everyone who contributed to my epic summer and I hope to see you all again soon!

My Summer in pictures

Sea bird monitoring

Puffin Island ringing

2 trips to Puffin Island at the start of summer. One to GPS tag Guillemots (Uria aalge) and the other to ring this years auk and cormorant (Phalocrocorax carbo) chicks.
Guillemots and Razorbills off the East coast of Bardsey

Counting sea birds in their nesting colonies on the East coast of Bardsey.

Upland surveys at Vyrnwy 

Watching an Eagle - makes a change from Hen harriers and empty moors


Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) pulli colour ringing in the North Wales quarries. 

Sparrowhawk pulli ringing 
in Lancashire along with various 
other passerine species.

Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) ringing
in Mid-Wales as well as more Sparrowhawks
and many Dipper (Cinclus cinclus).

Bonxie and Storm petrel ringing 
on Eilean Nan Ron, off the north
 coast of Scotland. I found 2 
storm-petrels on the nest and 
several bonxie chicks! My field
 skills have improved considerably 
over the summer.

June + August
Manx Shearwater ringing, both adults and chicks during the 4 weeks I sent there.

Late August also involved a long week of wader ringing in Lincolnshire/Norfolk with The Wash Wader Ringing Group.

Beautiful Sunrises, Sunsets, Camping and Locations

Sunrise - Lincolnshire

Sunset - Bardsey
Camping - Eilean Nan Ron
Locations - Above - Bardsey. Also many other stunning places during the summer

 And the rest

Lots of birding and photography


Gardening and farm / land management

Bonfires and a lot
of clearing work / 
general maintenance

New boyfriend and lots
of new friends made. 

 An excessive amount of miles travelled in 3 months. A lot of my exciting travels wouldn't have been possible without my little car. 
It did very well indeed !

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