Stonechat leg appeal

If you see a Stonechat, check out its legs. The Stonechat ringing project at Dersingham Bog is anxious to collate as many sightings of their ringed Stonechats as possible, so that they can ascertain both how far the species is spreading from its Norfolk breeding ground and how faithful the birds are to their territories.

The Dersingham birds are ringed with a grey plastic ring over a metal ring on one leg, and a two colour combination on the other leg.

Sightings of Dersingham fledged Stonechats have already been reported from Roydon Common, the Wash, and even as far away as Thetford Forest. If you do see any of these birds on your travels in Norfolk or further afield, you can report them at northwestnorfolkstonechats.wordpress.com

Stonechat number facts:

10: pairs of Stonechats produced 51 juveniles at Dersingham in 2015

13: pairs raised 95 juveniles in 2016. All the juveniles from both years were ringed

59,000: pairs of Stonechats breed in the UK, mainly in the west and south