Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Black redstart breaks BTO's longevity record

Our male black redstart that winters on the old college building and St Michaels Church has recently been confirmed as the oldest. The previous record was from 1947 to 1952 and the bird was 4 years, 11 months and 18 days between ringing and re-trapping. Our male was ringed 5th December 2010. Photographs clearly showing numbers and letters on the ring were received recently by Tony Cross. But that's not where the story ends… the record can be extended - so if you're out and about with a decent camera lens, why not try and help lengthen the record?

Just a reminder that the 2014 reports are only £5 and are available at:  RSPB Ynys-hir, the Welsh Wildlife Centre near Cardigan, Naturequest - Market Hall, Aberystwyth, Clive's Menswear - Terrace Road, Aberystwyth and Bwlch Nant yr Arian visitor centre. You can also order by post with a cheque for £6.20 which includes P&P. Address: Derwen 3 Bridge St, Pontrhydfendigaid, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion, SY25 6EE. Please make the cheque payable to: The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales. Thank you!