73 years old
I am a retired training officer and I spend a lot of my time ringing birds in the UK and training others to ring.
My first time at Cruzinha, was in 1999 on holiday. I came back in 2001 and every year since then.
I feel that it is like my second home! I like the fact that my bird ringing is part of an on-going ringing project so that the data which I collect is added to an existing data base used for conservation purposes. It is interesting to see species that I ring in the UK on their migration and also to be able to ring species which I don’t see in the UK such as Spotless starling and Azure winged magpie.
23 years old
Researcher in Statistical analysis
This was my first time at Cruzinha (September of 2017). I am working with statistical analysis of the Constant Effort Bird ringing taking place in the garden of Cruzinha.
I was able to get stuck in with ringing, enabling me to understand the site and processes used. With this, I can better undertake the statistical analysis of almost 30 thousand bird captures over almost 20 years, looking at trends in species caught. With 88+ species caught in the gardens of Cruzinha since ringing began, the area excels in its diversity and it really was an honour to visit and work in.
63 years old
I have a degree in Zoology, work in Radiotherapy Physics and heard about bird ringing late in my working life. I found a trainer and started my bird ringing training in Wales 2 years ago. I belong to The Gower Ringing Group and I met Heather Coats there, who told me she ringed birds In Portugal, at Cruzinha, as part of CES (Constant Effort Sites surveys) and I thought it would be an opportunity to see the Gower migrating birds and perhaps ring different species of birds.
This is my first visit to Cruzinha (October 2017), it has been most enjoyable, the people are very hospitable and I like the place and its location. I did ring different species and also had a wonderful experience!
58 years old
Retired Financial Analyst, Bird Ringer
I first came to Cruzinha 25 years ago (October 1992) after I had become the treasurer of A Rocha. I started bird ringing here with Peter Harris, the founder of A Rocha, and for several years visited most autumns and sometimes in June for the Storm Petrels Project. I was an A Rocha International Trustee for two periods and saw it as part of my remit to ensure the Board was aware how important it was to help to protect the Alvor Estuary. Having retired from working in the City of London this summer, I decided to come back this year (October 2017) for some bird ringing: Cruzinha is a place where I can ring different bird species to the ones I see at home, the weather is great and I find it a relaxing place to stay. More importantly it is a place which has both great emotional and spiritual significance for me. There have been many changes in the area, especially with so much of the land fenced off where once you could walk freely. In some ways this is sad to see, although this could have helped to protect some of the flora, fauna and bird life from the ever increasing interest of visitors to the area. In particular the number of flamingoes and spoonbills on the marsh are impressive, including birds with foreign rings!