Out of Africa

Checking moult of Redstart (Phil Atkinson)

Checking moult of Redstart (Phil Atkinson)

Since 2009, BTO has been working on migrant birds in Ghana and Burkina Faso together with RSPB and the two BirdLife International partners, the Ghana Wildlife Society and Naturama. BTO research has shown that migrants wintering in the humid zones of West Africa are in rapid decline. Our field project, spanning habitats from the arid Sahel in Burkina Faso to the humid rainforests in Ghana, is looking to understand the wintering and stop-over ecology of migrants and how changes in land use and climate are impacting their populations.

The migrant team works closely with partners in Burkina Faso and Ghana. Here, Alie is checking the moult of a Redstart caught at the Mare d'Oursi in northern Burkina Faso. The latest news from the project can be found at www.migrantbirdsinafrica.blogspot.com.