RHS Harlow Carr Ringing Demonstrations



It was another brilliant day for the autumn ringing demonstration at RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate, though a little boggy under foot after all the rain we had had in the area. The weather held off wonderfully giving almost perfect ringing conditions at the top end of the gardens, near to the feeders and hide. Five nets were used to catch the birds and there was great interest from a large number of people who came to talk to us about birds and ringing. Hopefully we will have given an expert and knowledgeable experience as to why we ring birds. It is ten years since we started holding these demonstrations at Harlow Carr and they are much appreciated by all and in particular the staff at the gardens. Below is the ringing total for the day which shows good numbers of Great Tits, more than Blue Tits this year but, also some of the other species we caught including bullfinch, chaffinch, goldcrest and nuthatch. Last year, one of the Goldcrest caught was controlled at Gibraltar Point having spent the breeding season somewhere across the North Sea. Let’s hope we can get another good result this year.

Click on the link for the ringing totals

Harlow Carr ringing totals November 2019

 Below are some of the birds we ringed.



It was a brilliant day for the autumn session of ringing demonstrations at RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate and it was great to meet so many interested people, of all ages, and to have some interesting birds to show them including an adult female kestrel, nuthatch, bullfinch and goldcrest, one of which was a bird ringed in an earlier RHS HC demonstration and was at least 3 years old.

Below is the totals for birds caught on the day and for the on-going totals from previous ringing demonstrations.

Totals for November 2018

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On-going totals up to November 2018

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Though it wasn’t the best of days for a ringing demonstration, the twice annual visit to the RHS Gardens Harlow Carr by EDRG was a great success with many interested and observant members of the public watching our dedicated team of ringers ring a good number of birds throughout the day. There were lots of questions about how the birds were caught, how you age and sex them and what information was gleaned from ringing birds, all expertly answered by our ringing team. There were good numbers of Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Robin to show to those who passed by but other species ringed included, Bullfinch, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Long Tailed Tit and Siskin.

A new landmark was also reached as EDRG crossed the 1000 new birds ringed at Harlow Carr since we stated ringing there in 2009, well 1012 in fact. This is a great figure considering that ringing  at Harlow Carr happens only once or twice a year. Below are the totals for birds ringed this time, birds re-trapped and totals for birds ringed since 2009.

Photographs of the day will follow soon.

Ringing totals February 26 2017


Retrap information for birds caught February 26 2017


Ringing Totals at HS Harlow Carr 2009-2017







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