Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Vestre Jakobselv Skole Bird Ringing in Arctic Norway, a different way.

An important part of my bird ringing are the trips abroad. Last year was my second visit to Arctic Norway. The first time I went with friends to Nesseby on the north shore of the Varanger Fjord. We had two local schools visit us on separate days and they followed us around to learn about bird ringing. Some of the students and teachers from the Vestre Jakobselv Skole camped for a few nights and really enjoyed their visit.

Last year we went to a place called Pasvik which is on the south side of the Varanger Fjord on the border with Russia. We had local school children again visit us and we were pleasantly surprised when the Vestre Jakobselv Skole children and teachers came to see us again and had driven about 150km to get there.

Colin talking to the teachers and one of the pupils from the Vestre Jakobselv Skole about the Reed Bunting

They stayed a couple of nights and on their last day the teacher told us the children each evening after we left the ringing site had been doing rehearsals together and they had something to show us. They acted out a wonderful performance of bird ringing. It was amazing the detail they had learnt, understood and performed. This video shows what happened. Their English was perfect, a credit to the Norwegian education system, I hope you enjoy it.


  1. That's so nice Charlie!! Brings back good memories!!

  2. Thanks Petra, it is always nice to see you and Frank. This years visit is in the planning stage at the moment and may even be in two halves. Week 1 in Nesseby and Week 2 in Pasvik.

    The pupils and teachers of the school were really nice and what an effort they made with the performance they gave to us.