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April 2017
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Chew Valley Ringing Station

is located in North Somerset just north of the Mendip hills on the southwest shore of Chew Valley Lake and on the A368 road midway between Bath and Weston-super-Mare, between the villages of Bishop Sutton and West Harptree.
Ringing started at Chew Valley Lake in 1963 and the first report was produced by the Mendip Ringing Group covering the years 1962-63. Our ringing area is mainly reed bed with some scrub. Between April and September we normally catch good numbers of Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers and a varying number of other species such as Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler plus the normal residents which now include Cetti's Warbler. We get a good passage of migrants and there is plenty of chance to see stages of moult. We also attempt to catch hirundines at roost.
If you wish to enquire about membership or have any other query please email us at cvrsringing@fsmail.net in the first instance for details.

CVRS Ringing Course 28th - 31st July 2016

CVRS ringing course 2016
Once again we were pleased to host a summer ringing course, attended by six participants and supported by various members of the ringing station. As usual the emphasis was on reed-bed ringing although we managed to produce some variety in terms of non-passerines including Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard and Water Rail for trainees to ring. The totals of birds ringed/processed are shown below.
Course totals
Species
New
Retrap
Total
Mute Swan
3
0
3
Canada Goose
1
1
2
Mallard
4
0
4
Water Rail
4
0
4
Black-headed Gull
0
1
1
Kingfisher
2
0
2
Great Spotted Woodpecker
1
0
1
Sand Martin
5
0
5
Swallow
250
4
254
Wren
12
1
13
Dunnock
5
8
13
Robin
9
1
10
Blackbird
3
2
5
Song Thrush
0
1
1
Cetti’s Warbler
3
0
3
Sedge Warbler
40
1
41
Reed Warbler
140
116
256
Lesser Whitethroat
2
0
2
Whitethroat
2
0
2
Garden Warbler
0
1
1
Blackcap
12
3
15
Chiffchaff
7
4
11
Willow Warbler
2
0
2
Long-tailed Tit
0
2
2
Blue Tit
10
17
27
Great Tit
2
2
4
Nuthatch
0
1
1
Treecreeper
2
0
2
Chaffinch
2
3
5
Greenfinch
1
0
1
Bullfinch
3
0
3
Reed Bunting
4
3
7
TOTALS
532
172
704
Whilst some participants came on the course simply to gain more experience we were pleased to be able to endorse two trainees for their applications to gain their C-permits. The weather was kind to us, there was no night-time rave music(!), the food provided was excellent and a good time was had by all.
2017 ringing course
2017 Ringing Course - Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July
Tue Jun 27 16:33:34
Great visit from #Black2Nature to CVRS at the weekend. Kids from inner city Bristol experiencing ringing for the 1s… https://t.co/Ji5kduk0NW
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Tue Jun 27 16:22:18
Lots of young birds now including a couple of Lesser Whitethroat. https://t.co/2JLuDmVKzw
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Tue Jun 27 14:29:52
Both CES sites ran successfully yesterday after an abortive attempt on Sunday. 111 new birds & 48 retraps was a decent haul.
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Sun Jun 25 06:52:31
RT @BirdgirlUK: Thx 2 @CraigerUK500 @CVRSNews 4 running a bird ringing (banding) workshop 4 Camp Chew children, from Bristol's poorest. inn…
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Mon Jun 19 15:53:05
Latest lbb gull colour ring sighting. dark blue ring with a white code F:254. Ringed Flat Holm, 04/07/15. Present at CVL 13/05/17.
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Mon Jun 19 14:59:38
Latest recovery news: chiffchaff ringed CVL, 29/9/15, recently controlled Calf of Man (May 2017).
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Sun Jun 18 19:57:51
@SauroGiannerini Hi, I will drop you a mail but there will be ringing on the morning of the 15th & 16th July (subject to weather). Ciao!
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Sun Jun 18 13:51:53
Today's ringing highlight was a brood of 4 juvenile Kestrels https://t.co/fNZVrSehU5
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Sun Jun 18 13:47:41
@SauroGiannerini Hi Sauro, yes we are generally happy for visiting ringers to join our ringing sessions. Do you hav… https://t.co/BK99S6gVJT
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Wed Jun 07 10:40:49
Flick netting yesterday evening caught this House Martin and Swift https://t.co/rTzBK74HIv
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