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Andrew Gibson

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Been asked by one of the ringers here at Spurn Point if any one can advise me of a supplier of very thin steel rules with 1mm graduations on, which may be used for the measuring of passerine tail feathers
 

John Morgan

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Been asked by one of the ringers here at Spurn Point if any one can advise me of a supplier of very thin steel rules with 1mm graduations on, which may be used for the measuring of passerine tail feathers

Make the rounds of old-fashioned hardware stores. The larger ones can have the most unlikely things in stock.
 

njlarsen

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Been asked by one of the ringers here at Spurn Point if any one can advise me of a supplier of very thin steel rules with 1mm graduations on, which may be used for the measuring of passerine tail feathers

I have used the one you can find on page 6 in this catalog; not extremely thin, but it works.

Niels
 

Mícheál

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One of the Observatories used to sell very nice plastic/soft perspex rules for this purpose. I used a mates and was very impresed, but never ended up at the obs to buy my own.|:(|

Kelvin Jones

Hi Kelvin,

I have used one of those Observatory rulers - my trainer has one (from Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory I think) and would love to hear if they can still be purchased online. I can't see them in the SBBO shop on their website. They are so much better than the steel carpenter's rulers.


There is a second-best option if you can't get these, which I have tried out.
I have printed off rulers from a website onto clear plastic (overhead transparency sheets) and they are not bad at all. The ones I used were on a website at

http://www.vendian.org/mncharity/dir3/paper_rulers/

Regards,

Mícheál
 

Puffinus

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Ebay. I recently bought a 60mm metal rule for Eiders and other large birds on Ebay for about a fiver. Then added an angled bit of metal bought in a hardware store for 50p as a stop, hey presto a proper wing rule at a fraction of normal cost. But Ebay had several other lengths of rule too. Hope this helps.

Kerry
 

Mícheál

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Ebay. I recently bought a 60mm metal rule for Eiders and other large birds on Ebay for about a fiver. Then added an angled bit of metal bought in a hardware store for 50p as a stop, hey presto a proper wing rule at a fraction of normal cost. But Ebay had several other lengths of rule too. Hope this helps.

Kerry

Very handy and cheap too. However the opening poster was looking for a ruler to measure tail feathers on passerines, where a semi-flexible and transparent ruler, without a stop, graduated across its width in mm from the end is ideal.

Mícheál
 

neil brown

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also had home made rules from sandwich bay BO. the warden at the time does a lot of ringing up here. used for measuring 3rd primary feathers they were marked out on graph paper cut to shape then laminated. found them pretty effective
 

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