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Cullybackey kingfisher a hit with village's ringing group

Debbie Nelson from Belfast and Down Ringing Group with the Cullybackey Kingfisher
Debbie Nelson from Belfast and Down Ringing Group with the Cullybackey Kingfisher

By Staff Reporter

It's been described as a "once in a lifetime moment".

Last week members of the Mid and East Antrim CES Bird Ringing Programme were delighted to catch and ring the Cullybackey Kingfisher - a bird which many local villagers have a close affinity going back generations.

The programme has run throughout the summer over 12 weeks and provided a chance to learn from the experts about why bird ringing is important for conservation and to see wild birds up close along the River Maine.

While the Kingfisher was by far the highlight, the ringers also caught and ringed all the Cullybackey common garden birds.

The ringing session coincided with the RHS Britain in Bloom judges' tour of the Co Antrim village as part of the UK-wide competition - with one judge describing the timing of the bird's arrival as a "once in a lifetime moment".

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