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Lesser Redpoll

Acanthis cabaret

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Sand Martin

Riparia riparia

Our Sand Martin ringing is dependent on the availability of accessible breeding colonies. Other than this the occasional bird is captured using audio lures. Formally there were extensive sand quarries in the area but these are fewer now. Health and Safety rules also control if we can operate or not; some operators find it easier to say no. Recently we were able to ring at a commercial quarry but due to planning requirements these are somewhat transient in that once extraction is complete they are returned to their former use. Recently we have access to an artificial bank created on a private estate by the water keeper (see photograph).



Records:  we have ringed over 1100+ birds mostly trapped at breeding colonies; 1967 to 2013

12 birds ringed by us have been recovered elsewhere

24 ringed elsewhere have been recaptured by us


Distance:  ringed   Long Lane S P Hermitage 08-Jul-1981

recovered Goulimine, Tiznit Morocco 26-Sep-1981

2600 km 80 days


Longevity: ringed 21-Jul-1976 Hermitage, Newbury

recaptured Lulworth, Dorset  UK 02-Aug-1982

6 years 13 days



Sand Martin are small aerial feeders that migrate to West Africa. They arrive from late March onwards, gatherings being seen over water bodies, most on their way to breeding colonies elsewhere. Return passage begins in August through to September when gatherings sometimes, in large numbers are seen, sometimes disappearing as quickly as they appear. Local breeding colonies include a colony that has endured more than 60 years at Newbury railway station.