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Wader ringing weekend Pt1: Introduction

Posted Wednesday 3rd April 2013 at 23:43 by Rick and Elis
Our sincere thanks to the Wash Wader Ringing Group for their invite to join them on a weekend ringing on the shores of The Wash. It was a very cold weekend and an exhausting schedule, but I have to say that we have come away with an increased admiration for the dedication and indeed perseverance of these hardy people.
We all take for granted the plethora of data that is at our fingertips these days and seldom think about the hard work and sacrifice that may have gone into the gathering of this information. When we read about Eurasian Oystercatchers that breed in Norway passing their winters in eastern England, we don't think about those brave souls that trudge across cold and windswept marshes often after dark and up to their nether regions in the freezing North Sea waters to uncover this on our behalf. The next time you read a piece of information about wintering waders or indeed any waders in The Wash spare a thought for these inspirational people as it is almost certain that this bunch of stalwarts had something to do with you receiving this piece of wisdom.
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