At the end of last week we were out filming with Finestripe productions, who are working on a BBC1 programme (Britain's Boldest, out in the autumn) looking at our interactions with wildlife, including pasty-snatching urban gulls. So we were out for the day in St Ives fitting four breeding Herring Gulls with GPS loggers, which then transmit via relay stations to a base station positioned for the summer in a local B&B. At the moment the loggers are just recording a position every 10 minutes, but at the height of pasty-snatching behaviour they'll record a position several times a minute, allowing us to follow these birds around the town.
|One of our Herring Gulls with its solar-powered GPS logger|
|Not a bad place to live...|
|Birds were caught with a modified pet run, now a cage trap!|
|Rooftop filming with urban gull guru Peter Rock|
In the end, we caught just about enough birds to keep the crowds happy, including plenty of Robins (always a hit), Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and a couple each of Blue, Great and Coal Tit.
|Robins are always popular with the kids|
Big thanks to Emma for helping out over the weekend and also for taking some pics.