Bird Ringing Before Breakfast
29 September, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Starting at The Hydro Hotel, walkers will be led by Tony Vass (RSPB) to Whitebread Hollow to see experienced bird ringers at work. Ornithologist Bob Edgar and his team will demonstrate the expertise needed to ring a migratory bird without harming it. They will also share their thoughts on changes in bird populations, based on evidence collected over 50 years ringing birds at in the Hollow. Sadly, some species are in sharp declining due to habitat loss in their wintering grounds; persecution on migration; and climate change. Others are increasing such as Blackcap and Chiffchaff. These birds are short-distance migrants and are able to adapt better to change. Beachy Head Ringing Station makes an important contribution to our understanding of national population trends. We can help conservation by targeting work in the birds’ wintering grounds; promoting the value of such species to local people; and encouraging protection of breeding sites in the UK. You can help by recording your sightings and sending them to the Sussex Ornithological Society. Citizen Science is a fantastic way to become involved and you can make a real contribution to protecting the wildlife you love.
This 2019 Walk Fest event concludes with breakfast at The Hydro Hotel at 9.00 am.
Whitbread Hollow, the most easterly point in the South Downs National Park is the perfect
‘motorway service station’ for migratory birds. In Autumn, the Hollow is full of sugar-rich
berries, essential fuel for their journey to Europe and Africa. Ringing helps us understand
where they go and how long they live.
Approximate Distance: 2 Miles
Starting Point: Reception, The Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7HZ
Finishing Point: Same as starting point
Walk Grading: Moderate – Up to 5 miles and may have stretches of steep ascent/descent
Maximum number of walkers: 30
This walk costs £20 per head (payable upon arrival) and includes a Hydro Hotel Breakfast
Free parking in the vicinity of the Hydro Hotel
The nearest Train Station is Eastbourne. Accessible from there on the 3/3A bus
There is a cafe on route
Suitable for Wheelchair users
Suitable for Pushchairs
Dogs are allowed on the walk, on leads
There are toilet facilities on the route
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Eastbourne Downland Group
£20 (Includes Hydro Hotel Breakfast)