Last weekend was the Scottish Ringers Conference hosted by the Grampian Ringing Group at Carrbridge in the Cairngorms. This was the first ringing conference I have attended and I must admit I was a bit nervous as I wasn’t sure what to expect! Within minutes of arriving I got chatting and making new friends and that’s how the weekend continued. What an amazing experience!
|Carrbridge, Cairngorms National Park (photo Laura Shearer)|
The days were filled with exciting talks and presentations about a wide range of ringing projects from passerines to waders to seabirds. A mid-afternoon break gave us the opportunity to explore the local area and squeeze in a quick birding session- the highlight being an elusive Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus). The evenings were spent chatting to some fascinating people about their ringing projects around the UK. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and can’t wait for the next conference!
|Members of the Lothian Ringing Group hunting for a Crested Tit, Carrbridge (photo Laura Shearer)|
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