Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit Project
Pictures: Jim Wilson
Here is an opportunity to get involved with a major international wader project
designed to learn more about the Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit and to help
protect our wetland habitats.
In recent years a dedicated group of amateur and
professional ornithologist's have been putting light plastic colour rings on the
godwits both in Iceland where they breed and in western Europe where they spend
The rings are very light and this study has shown that the rings do
not cause long term problems for the birds. Over 2000 godwits have been ringed
in this way. The information that has been gathered through people reporting
sightings of these colour ringed birds is helping to build a detailed picture of
the life history of this fascinating bird.
Godwits colour ringed over ten years
ago are still been seen on the breeding grounds in Iceland and here in western
Europe. The more we know about them the easier it will be to protect the
habitats where they live and secure the future for them and other waders.
you manage to read part of all of the colour ring combination of a colour ringed
Black-tailed Godwit, send details of the colours and position of the rings on
the birds legs and where and when you saw it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will then receive the history of the movements of "your" colour
ringed godwit. Getting the information can take some time so please be patient.
One word of caution - if you have any doubts about the colour of any of the
rings DO NOT guess as this will lead to incorrect information being collected.
For more information on this project go to www.uea.ac.uk/~b072834/page2.html