Thursday, 25 March 2010
Return of other migrants
With the return of the Shearwaters increasing by the night you also tend to get a fair few researchers. This week has seen the arrival of Ben and Holy (of Countryfile fame) with their supervisor Tim Guildford (all from Oxford University) and Robin (Microsoft) who is very good at all the computer related activities.
Here is a picture of one I found among lots of their luggage.
This year they shall be continuing the very interesting and important research using geo-locators (little devices that can detect light levels - among other things - to work out and record the location migratory routes of these long distance migrants). This work will also be supplemented with other biometrics, mostly related to weight - that will be recorded throughout the season. Shearwaters are indicators of our marine environment and it is vital that this work continues in a ever changing world.
I have been away for a few days on a Wildlife Trust of S. and W. Wales conference. This is a good opportunity for us to get together, particularly for those staff members in the more remote/inaccessible areas that we cover. It also gave me a chance to stock up cleaning supplies (and some beer supplies) ready for the coming season. As a result you will have to wait until after bird log this evening to find out what has been around on the island the last few days.
Adopt a puffin - it's fun!