One of the great things about my job is the interaction with visitors to the reserve. Its not good all the time and it does get a bit wearing the same moans all the time but when you get the opportunity to inspire people its the best feeling in the world.
Last week, as part of our half-term activities, I put on a couple of short ringing demonstrations by the visitor centre. A couple of feeders and a 20' mist net were enough to catch a nice selection of birds. Mainly tits were caught but greenfinch, goldfinch, long tailed tit and robin were different.
The ringing was a fantastic way to capture the imagination of people and show them common birds up close for the first time. It is always great to see the smiles on the faces of the children and they especially love it when the blue tits peck me hard! It is also a great opportunity to talk about the important role that ringing plays in bird research and conservation and to encourage people to support the work of the BTO and RSPB.
We had a really nice email from a visitor that really made my week saying how their family had been inspired by their visit :-)