by Isla Huffadine

The Royal Albatross 'Ringing of the Bells'

The Royal Albatross Centre are planning for the first Albatross to return for the season in September. They would love for everyone to get involved in their 'ringing of the bells' across the city to celebrate. 

"This is a very special Dunedin tradition to herald the start of Spring, as the Royal Albatross return to the world’s only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony. Did you know people all over the world are ringing their bells for Dunedin too?

The city Churches and Schools will ring bells at 1pm on Monday the 13th September 2021 and we’d love lots of bell-ringers throughout Dunedin to join in and ring their bells as well, to help us celebrate. Our first returning bird was banded YL and has not been seen in the last 3 years, as they circumnavigated the Southern oceans on their first voyage. Hopefully YL has a great season ahead, socialising and getting ready to find a mate!

If you don't have a bell, you could set all your phones to ring, sing a song, or even clap! We love original ideas and lots of fun! We'd love if you shared your photos and videos with us"