Welcome to the LDV NNR ringing blog, this blog is designed to share the experiences, findings and tales from a group of dedicated ringers. We specialise in conservation orientated research projects, largely focusing on wildfowl, waders, owls and birds of conservation concern, in and around the Vale of York NNR's.

NB - Whilst the purpose of this blog was initially designed to cover our nationally important wildfowl ringing activities, it now also features wildlife and work posts, explaining we how manage the NNR for both wildlife and people.

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Friday, 30 March 2012

30/03/12 - With a little help from our friends

The Lower Derwent Valley NNR is currently working in partnership with the BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers), by helping to provide their volunteers with different tasks & opportunities. During the last month they’ve done a brilliant job on Skipwith Common NNR putting in a fence around the reed beds in order to protect the vegetation from livestock and allow re-growth. Well on Thursday (29th) they had a bit of a change and worked at our reserve base - Bank Island, making Tree Sparrow nest boxes. Below is a photo from their task with some of the 59 Tree Sparrow boxes (and sun tans) on show! 

These guys were here as part of the BTCV’s Green Gym, a scheme which has been designed to inspire people to improve both their health and the environment at the same time - for more details have a look at their website - http://www2.btcv.org.uk/display/greengym

We (at the LDV) have been working with the York BTCV Green Gym in order to bring both benefits to the wildlife in the valley and to the local people involved. The boxes built on Thursday will shortly be put in place around the valley, mainly Bank Island & North Duffield Carrs, to help our expanding Tree Sparrow population. Along with benefitting the birds, nest box schemes also allow us to re-visit the boxes for ringing and further engage the local community and local school children with our work. Thanks to all who’ve recently been involved for all your hard work, from the LDV Team (& on be-half of these little guys!)

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