Tuesday, 5 January 2010

2010 Ringing Expedition to the Shiant Isles


The Shiants Auk Ringing Group is running its annual trip to the Shiant Islands, this year, and we still have some spaces in the party.

We will be mainly ringing & surveying auks, Shags and Storm Petrels, plus gulls and Bonxies & some passerines. We will also be doing seabird colony counts (particularly in the first week). The terrain is quite rough and you will need a reasonable level of fitness. The dates for the trip are 19 June to 3 July 2010, and we will cross to the Shiants from Uig on Skye in a charter boat. This year there is the option of coming for either one or two weeks.

The costs for one and two weeks are £325 & £475 respectively. This includes the boat, food and rings, while on the trip. The owner's website is very good and explains what it's like to stay there: http://www.shiantisles.net/ . Also, one of last year's team members, Emily Scragg, has done a bit about the trip on her blog; see http://c-ringing.blogspot.com/ (you need to scroll down).

Please email me as soon as possible if you want to join us on the trip and I'll send you an application form. If you have any queries, I am very happy to answer them by either email or messages can be left on my mobile (07900 608037), which I check every couple of days.

JIM

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