• Lesser Black-backed Gull

    Lesser Black-backed Gull © R Campey

  • Puffin
  • Swallows
  • Skylark

    Skylark © R Campey

  • Wheatear

    Wheatear © D Jones

  • Pied Wagtail

    Pied Wagtail © R Campey

  • Fulmar
  • Blackcap

Bird ringing has been carried out on Lundy since 1947. Until recently this was administered by the Lundy Field Society, with which we maintain a very close working relationship. Since Lundy was re-accredited as a Bird Observatory in February 2023, all ringing on the island is coordinated by the Bird Observatory Warden.

Our activities include mist-netting of migrant passerines in the more vegetated areas at the south of the island – in Millcombe and St John's Valley – primarily during spring and autumn migration. We currently also ring Storm Petrels and Manx Shearwaters at night in the breeding colonies. There is an operational Heligoland Trap on the Terrace on the east side of the island, and we have a thermal imager that, when conditions are right, is used to locate birds in darkness and which are then caught by dazzling. 

We welcome visiting ringers to assist with our work. We can also offer training opportunities for ringers with existing T or C permits, but this is dependent on the presence of qualified ringing trainers on the island. Trainees are requested to discuss this with their trainer before visiting. Please contact the Bird Observatory Warden by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before planning any visit.

Landmark Trust property Bramble Villa East is usually held back during spring (April/May) and autumn (September/October) for Bird Observatory bookings until around six months in advance. The property sleeps four in one double room and one twin. There is also the possibility to request a z-bed in the lounge to overcome any issues with the double bed. To take advantage of this and book part of this reservation, please contact the Bird Observatory Warden by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will be required to book the entire property, but will not need to confirm your booking and pay until the preceeding March (for September/October bookings) or October (for April/May bookings). Please use the links to the calendar below to check availability.

April 2025   May 2025   Confirm by 1 October 2024
September 2025   October 2025   Confirm by 1 March 2025