IWSG Annual Conference

IWSG Annual Conference

IWSG Annual Conference in Strathpeffer
2 day event

2 day event


Time: All Day
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The Internation Wader Study Group Conference 2011 will be held at the Ben Wyvis Hotel, Strathpeffer, in the Scottish Highlands, and hosted by the Highland Ringing Group.

Delegates will attend from 15 countries including China, Indonesia, South Africa, USA and Canada.

The International Wader Study Group is an organisation of enthusiastic professionals and amateurs researching waders, also called shorebirds. The involvement of the members of the IWSG in wader research ranges from observing waders in ones own ‘backyard’ to extensive, long-term studies aiming at a deeper understanding of spectacular wader phenomena like long-distance migration, living in extreme environments and variable reproductive strategies.

The Highland Ringing Group (HRG) was formed in 1973 by a group of amateur bird ringers with the view to carry out bird ringing and related studies to further the knowledge and conservation of birds in the Highlands and Islands, and Moray Firth faunal area in particular. It also promotes the training of members in the techniques of bird ringing.

The group began cannon-netting in 1977, and since then, has ringed over 72,000 waders and almost 9,000 ducks. Recoveries and biometric studies have shown the origin of the wintering birds, whilst the structure of the populations has been described in terms of sex and age. The latter also gives a measure of the breeding success in the past season. Re-captures of ringed birds have provided estimates of survival. Collection of moult data has allowed estimates of primary moult duration. Data on mass has been used to show responses to winter weather.
Many HRG members also take part in the Wetland Bird Survey, thereby contributing to our knowledge of the population dynamics of different species.

As well as publications describing numbers and origins of all species, single species accounts have also been published on Oystercatcher, Knot, Purple Sandpiper and Turnstone, some in collaboration with other Scottish ringing groups.

Contact: BenyWyvis Hotel



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