Picture of volunteers from the Farlington Ringing Group

The Project...

The Greenshank Migration Story is based in Chichester Harbour, UK and is one of over 40 practical projects making up the Harbour's "Rhythms of the Tide" Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Greenshank project uses sightings of individual birds sent in by observers to help unravel the migration strategies of the birds. It aims to make links between the places they visit, demonstrating how wetlands throughout the flyway are crucially linked. The birds use certain estuaries as stop off places on migration for moulting and refuelling. We also want to find out more about the birds, help people learn about them and about Chichester Harbour, and use the information we get to help manage the harbour.

We want you to be part of it - maybe you are a birdwatcher and have seen a marked bird, or would like to be part of the team doing the marking. We need to recruit more observers to help us search the harbours of the Solent for Greenshank, recording the birds they see and hopefully any colour-ringed birds found. As part of the project we will be organising co-ordinated searches of all the channels in Chichester and Langstone Harbours during the same tidal cycle to search for marked birds - to do this we will need a team of observers.

Perhaps you are a teacher wanting to bring your curriculum studies to life. Or maybe you are just curious, and want to find out more about coastal birds and the way they live. Whoever and wherever you are, you can join in.

Key Project Aims

Through colour-ringing Greenshanks we hope to find the answers to these questions:

In the longer term and once other populations of Greenshanks are colour-ringed in Europe it is hoped to be able to compare survival rates and migration strategies across western Europe. This project may not allow us answer all these questions within three years, but we will get a long way towards furthering our knowledge of the birds using Chichester Harbour.