Outreach – Ringing Demonstration

Nora and Sophie helped out at a ringing demonstration at Strathkinness Primary School, arranged by Karen Spencer. They helped postdoc Jeroen Minderman, and Shirley Millar (a member of the Tay Ringing Group) ring great tits, blue tits, robins and golden finches. Following the ringing, Nora and Sophie talked to the children about birds, including why they ring them, and how to age and identify the birds.


Outreach – Autumn Festival


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.


Outreach – Scottish Ornithologists’ Club


The Scottish Ornithologists’ Club gave a warm welcome to Sophie at an evening event in St Andrews inviting PhD students to talk about their research. Sophie spoke about nest building and about whether temperature affects the nest that a bird builds. The talks were followed by a reception where Sophie could chat to the attendees further, some of whom have since stayed in email contact. Great work Sophie!