The project

Our knowledge of ecology of migrants in their wintering grounds is extremely poor and severely hampers our ability to explain these declines and conserve this group of species. We lack even basic information about when birds arrive, the habitats they use and how they move around Africa.

The aim is to understand how Palearctic-African migrants use and move around the different vegetation zones found in West Africa, ranging from the semi-desert Sahelian region in Burkina Faso to the lush tropical rainforest in southern Ghana, and whether habitat change may impact them on their wintering grounds.

During the temperate winter of 2009/2010, using point count methodology and mist-netting, we recorded migrants along a degradation gradient at five different stations on a north-south transect. In 2010/2011 we plan to re-visit these sites as well as roving further afield to get a broader picture of migrant habitat use.

Friday 23rd March: Landing in the UK

This morning I arrived back at Heathrow, and as regards the biological samples and all of that paperwork, in Accra no-one wanted to see anything, and in London, there wasn’t even anyone at the airport to declare anything to!

Meanwhile back in Ghana, Oppong has driven Japheth and Roger back to the study site to continue with tracking our three birds. The latest news is that the three birds have been tracked down once more – fabulous work guys!

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