We hope that this site has sparked an interest in Stonechats as a species, but also in the survey and monitoring of nesting birds, aspects of heathland management and the colour ringing project as a whole.
We are only a small team comprising experienced volunteers and Natural England reserve staff and most of the current survey work is done by two volunteers, Roger Skeen and Irene Boston, with the ringing carried out by Tom Bolderstone of Natural England and Roger Skeen of the NNRG.
So we would welcome more help, especially for the survey and nest-finding element, which can eat up many hours of voluntary effort. Certainly, if Stonechats continue to expand in numbers on Dersingham Bog, we may need all the help we can get!
You don’t even need to be a ringer to be involved – one half of our nest-finding duo isn’t a ringer but is able to contribute in a meaningful way, gaining considerable satisfaction from nest-finding and learning about these iconic and engaging heathland birds.
So if you would like to help out at Dersingham Bog for the next breeding season between March and September, please email Tom Bolderstone on firstname.lastname@example.org
Some experience in breeding bird survey work would be helpful, although not essential. You don’t even need to be experienced in finding Stonechat nests, as our volunteers can help with teaching anyone about Stonechats… given half a chance! They are an absorbing species to study and finding their nests and following their breeding fortunes is endlessly fascinating.
So if you fancy catching an incurable dose of Stonechat OCD, come and join us!