This is a chance to enter into the intimate world of bird ringing. An opportunity to see how wild birds are caught, identify and see birds up close in the hand, follow some through to the ringing process and release them after.
Our qualified resident bird ringer will be your guide and will explain its purpose, the ways in which Wild Ken Hill contributes to understanding more about the varying patterns, longevity, and journeys of our different species and how that data helps us provide better for our birds.
You might see anything from our resident Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinch and Robins. Or some that have completed fantastic feats of navigation and endurance bringing them thousands of miles; like Blackcaps, Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler.
It is a true marvel to see these birds close up, see the intricate details, take measurements and send them back on their journeys. It follows the old adage, “a bird in the hand…”
AM/PM: Bird ringing always takes place early in the morning
Start Time: 07:00 (please arrive 15 minutes before the start time)
Duration: Around 2 and a half hours
- Tour typically on foot. Possible vehicle use in bad weather.
- Moderate walking pace with frequent stops. Moderate fitness is best to cope with walking on uneven ground. There are a small number of hilly slopes with gradients no steeper than 20%.
- Walking distance: 2-4 km
- Tour is weather dependent; strong wind or rain may result in a postponed event
- Tour will go ahead in almost all weathers, so please dress accordingly. Trousers, sleeve-length tops and robust shoes are required in all weathers, as the ground is uneven and the long grass can be wet or scratchy. In wet or cold weather, a warm waterproof coat and wellington boots are required.
- Suitable for Children 12 and over. For little legs and impatient enthusiasts please see The Big Picture - Families
- Covid-19 secure