Whilst working in the dunes on Holy Island last week, we found a dead shag. It had no head, which may suggest predation by fox. The shag had been ringed, enabling us to track its history. We found that the shag had been ringed as a chick, in June 2011, on the Isle of May just 40 miles north along the coast.
The rings from the shag found on Holy Island
If you find any dead birds with rings on the Reserve, please let us know (01289 381470) and we can send in the combination. It is important that ringing recoveries are followed up as it helps the understanding of bird populations, which is vital for conservation.
If you are nearby on Friday or Saturday, drop by Budle Bay for a free bird watching session with Lindisfarne NNR staff and volunteers. Binoculars will be available to borrow free of charge. Look for the Natural England truck parked by the white railings alongside the road.
- Friday 22nd February: between 10.30am and 12.30pm
- Saturday 23rd February: between 11am and 1pm