Newbury Ringing Group

Nightingale£100 was granted to Newbury Ringing Group in 2004 to help with the costs of buying rings for birds. The Group is part of a 37 year old national scheme run by the British Trust for Ornithology, who keep all the information gained from such groups on a computerised database. Much detail is obtained from regular monitoring of bird populations and movements, and the work is licenced annually by English Nature.

The Newbury Group work at many local sites, including Greenham and Crookham Commons, Thatcham Marsh, Bagnor Cressbeds, Brimpton, Woolhampton, Kintbury, Hamstead Marshall and Marsh Benham. Equipment to assist the work is largely self funded by the group, and includes nets, poles, bird boxes, specially adapted pliers, rulers and weighing pesolas. The rings used vary in size and price, depending on the kind of bird to be ringed, which can be anything from a Barn Owl to a Blue Tit.