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Tawny owl chicks found in nest box in Derbyshire

Since putting up our Derbyshire nest boxes in January this year, the number of occupants already is astonishing. Usually the results from the first year of brand-new nest boxes are not overly exciting, but our fantastic bird ringers Dean and Paul have already recorded over 61 blue/great tit chicks, 9 mandarin duck eggs, and 2 tawny owl chicks!

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A number of the chicks already found have been ringed, but some are too young therefore Dean and Paul will return at the right developmental stage to ring the others. 

Bird ringing is very important for both national and international records of population survival and migration. The first record of ringing in Britain was back in 1909, and it is estimated by the British Trust for Ornithology that one million birds are ringed by registered volunteers every year in Britain and Ireland alone. 

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