Ringing Courses

AFRING Ringing Courses are organised by Doug Harebottle (ADU) in conjunction with a host organisation in a respective country. The courses usually last 7-14 days depending on the number of participants and the agreed content of the course. Topics range from ethics and requirements, trapping and ringing techniques to colour-ringing programmes, data capture and administration procedures. Planned and upcoming AFRING ringing courses will be regularily announced on our Upcoming Courses page.

How to participate in a course

If you are interested in participating in a ringing course, please contact Doug Harebottle (AFRING Coordinator) for more information on planned AFRING Ringing Courses.

Past AFRING Ringing Courses

Below you will find information on AFRING related ringing courses which have already taken place. The reports have been prepared by Doug Harebottle and nicely document highlights from each training course:

AFRING Ringing Course, Zambia, October/November 2008

This was the third official AFRING Waterbird Ringing Training Course to be held. This course had a southern African focus, and was hosted by the Zambian Ornithological Society (ZOS). Fourteen participants (trainees) from seven countries attended the course including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Ghana. Trainers included Lizanne Roxburgh (Zambia), Magda Remisiewicz (Poland), Yahkat Barshep (Nigeria) and Chris Wood (Zambia). The course focussed on ringing ducks and waders, and field training was carried out at Huntley Dams (north of Lusaka) and at Blue Lagoon National Park located within the Kafue Flats IBA.

AFRING Ringing Course, Ghana, November 2006

The second AFRING Waterbird Ringing Training Course took place in Accra, Ghana. The course, which had a West African focus, was hosted by the Centre for African Wetlands based at the University of Ghana and the Ghana Ringing Scheme. Twelve participants from 10 countries attended the course including Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon and Kenya. The course focussed on ringing terns and waders, particularly Black Terns, and Jan van der Winden, from the Netherlands, was invited as the tern expert to assist with practical field sessions and tern ecology.

AFRING Ringing Course, Kenya, September 2004

The first international AFRING Waterbird Ringing Course was held at Watamu on the central Kenyan coast at the A Rocha Kenya centre Mwamba. Participants came from Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Italy and Ireland. The course was hosted at Mwamba bird observatory and field study centre, which is the centre for A Rocha Kenya. The course consisted of a series of lectures and field demonstrations on a number of ringing topics, including putting up nets and wader night ringing sessions.




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