12 January 2009

Cannon netting gulls on rubbish tips!

Last weekend myself and three others from Norfolk joined Paul Roper and the North Thames Gull Group for a day out cannon netting gulls on a rubbish tip, nice!

With a cold morning the birds were clearly hungry so soon after the net was set and a recent delivery of household waste in place we took a catch of mainly Black-headed Gulls which did include a Polish ringed Med Gull.

This bird was already ringed, bearing a Polish metal ring and a red colour ring. This is only the 24th Polish Mediterranean Gull found in the UK and only the second in Essex (the first was seen at Southend in 2006).

After extractions a small team reset the net and took another catch of 179 composed mainly of Herring Gull. A total catch of 587 was good experience in catching gulls in this situation and training ringers to age larger gulls.


  1. It would be interesting to document how access was arranged and negotiated in order to undertake this ringing. We have made attempts in the past but have had the door slammed shut because of either general H&S on a rubbish tip; and the thought of cannon-netting - no chance.

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    We bought bird netting too, I had a couple of small tomatoes ruined by birdie beaks. Early on there were a couple of nice peppers and a few Juliet (grape) tomatoes - but the hail damaged many plants so might not get any Black Krim tomatoes. I’ve thrown old basil seed around and still had it come up. Don't give up yet;-]

  3. The net is set close anywhere the birds are predictable to be at tall tide. Cannon netting is used in daylight. It is possible to catch numerous hundred birds at the similar period with cannon nets, although the regular catch size is about 100.