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Lesser Redpoll

Acanthis cabaret

Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus scirpaceus

Reed Warblers have been ringed in the Kennet Valley around Newbury since 1967. They are long distance migrants between the UK and Africa. They are very site loyal and make a round trip of some 10,000 KM, returning to the same area of reed each year. Birds begin to leave our area at the end of June. Our records show that adults leave first and have reached the south coast in as little as a day or two. We also get movements through our sites from further north and west during spring and autumn migration. Our recoveries show that they apparently feed up along the French Atlantic coast in the Bay of Biscay ,where most of our European recoveries occur. We also have a few recoveries from Spain and the coast of Portugal. We have recoveries from Africa: from Morocco, Mauritania and Ghana. From the forgoing it looks as if the Reed Warblers that summer on the reed beds in West Berkshire winter in West Africa.


Since 2000 we have ringed between 220 and 655 birds each year.

Most years we recapture up to 10% of the birds ringed the previous year.


Records:   7400+ birds have been ringed by Newbury Ringing Group 1967 to 2013

                  102 birds ringed by us have been recovered elsewhere

                  127 ringed elsewhere have been recaptured by us.


Distance:   ringed: Thatcham Marsh, Newbury, 10th Aug 1969,

recovered : Aarema, Aburi, Ghana, 7th Dec 1969

5054 kM  119 days


Longevity:  first ringed as a juvenile 6th Jul 1997, last captured 14th Jul 2007  

10 years 10 days


The Reed Warbler is a medium small size brown un-streaked passerine, breeding across Europe into temperate western Asia. It is a long distance migrant wintering in sub-Saharan Africa; British Isle birds are thought to winter in west Africa. Studies suggest they return to spend winter and summer at the same sites, every year.  It is found almost exclusively in reed beds in its summer and wintering grounds but may turn up in almost any habitat during migration.

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