Posted by Kathy Hopkin at 08/06/2012 11:37:37
On 22nd May, a representative from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) visited Aston in order to ring this year's Kestrel chicks that we have nesting (in a secret location!) somewhere on campus.
You can watch a video of the ringing on YouTube, and also check out all of the pictures on facebook.
The BTO rings birds in order to collect information on survival, productivity and dispersal, and thus measure how populations of Kestrels and other birds change. This information is vital in informing effective conservation policies, and ensuring endangered bird species are adequately protected.
Although the birds don't particularly look like they're enjoying having the rings fitted, it is a necessity, given the valuable information that is gained from doing so. The rings used are lightweight, and have no adverse effects on the birds. It's pretty much just like us wearing a wristwatch!
If you're interested in getting involved with our Aston Campus Wildlife Group, you can find out more here.