The Manx Ringing Group (MRG)
The Manx Ringing Group operates under licence by the Manx Government’s Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture and its ringers hold a current permit issued by the British Trust for Ornithology.
Chris Sharpe is the group leader and Kev Scott is group secretary. Sean Gray and Dave Sharpe are the other resident ringers, supplemented by a small handful of regular visiting ringers who ring on the group’s behalf when they are on the island.
Any ringers planning to visit the Isle of Man should contact the group to sort out the details as a separate licence issued by the IOM Government is required to ring any birds on the Isle of Man.
The ringing group can be contacted via Kev Scott.
MRG Annual Report
The group coordinates a number of ringing schemes, including colour ringing projects for Chough, large Gulls, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Rock Pipit and Twite; as well as Storm Petrel ringing, Wader/Tern ringing, several nest box studies and garden bird ringing. Read about the MRG’s current colour ringing schemes.
Ringing pullus Choughs using colour rings enables birds to be individually identified after they have fledged.
Working with the RSPB, young Hen Harriers are ringed. The Isle of Man supports a healthy population in the hills, curraghs and at the Ayres.
A project on Rock Pipits has commenced, looking into dispersal and site fidelity of the local and migrant populations of the Island.