OPAL West Midlands: Nature in your local patch
Nature in your local patch

Female Red Mason Bee (Osmia rufa) constructing a nest (Photograph © Nicolas J. Vereecken).

ringed bluetit

A colour-ringed Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) (Photograph © Katie Glover)
Project 1: Garden and Park Birds
At the moment we are out and about putting small coloured and metal rings around the left leg of 12 species of birds in Shire Country and Sutton Park.

Target Species:
Great Tit (Parus major), Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus), Coal Tit (Periparus ater), Willow Tit (Poecile montanus), Goldcrest (Regulus regulus), Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula), Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris), Blackbird (Turdus merula), Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Dunnock (Prunella modularis).

Why are we doing it?
By finding out where these marked birds are being seen we can answer questions such as:
1. How far are birds moving?
2. Where are birds moving to in Birmingham?
3. Which bird species are moving to and from other patches of
4. Do birds in parks utilise garden food resources or remain in parks?

Get Involved:

We need you to help us find out where these colour-ringed birds are.

You can send us your observations via the website, by email or post (see details opposite). If emailing or posting, please tell us:
1. What species you have seen;
2. What colour the ring is;
3. Where you have seen it, i.e. the name of the road or postcode if
it’s in a garden, or the name of the place if it’s in a park or in a
tree somewhere.
4. Please provide as much other detail as you can (e.g. Were the birds on feeder? What food were they eating etc).

Find out
more about our bird research.
Postal Address:

Emma Rosenfeld
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Contact Us
Colour-ringed Blue Tit (above), Robin (right) and close-up of pink ring (below) (Photographs: Katie Glover)
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