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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We're inviting budding bird watchers to find out more about how experts keep an eye on the nation’s bird population at a special activity taking place at Fradley Junction.
We're holding a bird ringing event along with local volunteer group Brewood Ringers.
The activity, taking place on Saturday 24 March will enable people to find out more about bird ringing, how it’s done and what the information gathered tells us. Visitors will be able to watch as the birds are tagged, weighed and measured. They will also be able to learn how to tell a bird’s gender and age.
Bird ringing involves humanely placing a lightweight metal ring around a bird’s leg. Each ring has a unique number giving a harmless and reliable means of tracking individual birds.
Teams of ringers around the world can then log the birds that they trap giving valuable information on the survival rates of birds, their movements and fluctuations of different species.
Samantha Bucknall, our ecologist said; "Bird ringing is really important and gives us a valuable insight into the size and make-up of our bird population. It also shows us that some of the birds we find on our doorsteps often travel many thousands of miles, from far flung corners of the world, to get here.
"Fradley is a great place for wildlife and offers a fantastic place to escape the bustle of daily life and get closer to nature. Just spending a few hours by the water is a great way to de-stress so we’d encourage anyone interested to join us on 24 March and take the opportunity to see some of our most popular bird species up close."
The junction marks the meeting point of the Trent & Mersey and Coventry Canals and has supported a hive of activity on the canal over the past two centuries. Nowadays, with Fradley Pool, it has become a haven for wildlife and a popular visitor destination.
The event takes place on Saturday 24 March between 8.00am and 11am. The activity is free although parking is pay and display.
Come and find out more about what's going on at Fradley Junction here.
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