Outreach – Autumn Festival

blue-tit

A blue tit

A juvenile Treecreeper

A juvenile treecreeper

 

Over the weekend the St Andrews Botanic Gardens held their Autumn Festival, where Sophie got involved with the Bird Ringing Demonstration. This demonstration was put on by members of the Tay Ringing Group, with the aim of catching, identifying, and ringing as many garden birds as possible. This activity gave the general public a chance to see up close the kind of birds that they would find in their garden. Sophie and the group caught many coal tits, blue tits, great tits, lots of gold crests, a blackbird, a robin and even a juvenile tree creeper! For Sophie, the activity was even more enjoyable because they caught over 5 blue tits that she had rung earlier in the year, while still in the nest, as part of her PhD research.