Urban bird spotting

Birds on a wireThe OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) project in the West Midlands is currently out and about putting small coloured and metal rings around the left leg of 12 species of birds in Shire Country Park and Sutton Park. This is part of a wider study into the biodiversity of the region.

By finding out where these marked birds are being seen they can answer questions such as:

  1. How far are birds moving?
  2. Where are birds moving to in Birmingham?
  3. Which bird species are moving to and from other patches of Birmingham?
  4. Do birds in parks utilise garden food resources or remain in parks?

 If you see a ringed bird, let OPAL know by submitting a record.