Gareth flys to Denmark to assist with aerial surveys
Gareth is currently assisting Aarhus University (formerly NERI) complete the Danish six-yearly national moulting waterbird census. In the late Summer the waters and Fjords around Denmark are important for tens of thousands of waterbirds, such as Mute Swans, Greylag Geese, Eider and Common Scoter, which aggregate in the rich and safe waters after breeding to moult their flight feathers. Due to the large areas to be covered, their inaccessibility and sensitivity to disturbance by boat, Gareth and team leader Ib Krag Petersen count from a low flying light aircraft using their considerable training and experience. STOP PRESS!! The team made use of good weather conditions and have completed transects in the southern Kattegat before a weather front brought low cloud and rain today.