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, regular readers may have noticed the increase in posts detailing wildlife found across the valley (ranging from plants, fungi, butterflies, dragonflies & other invertebrates). Ringing posts will hopefully resume over the winter months, and will run alongside wildlife and work posts.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

06/01/16 - High waters & a winter warmer

With much of the north of England, including Yorkshire, currently experiencing a considerable amount of flooding, it will come as no surprise that the LDV is presently underwater. Rising water levels since just before Christmas saw the river banks at North Duffield Carrs finally overtopped on the 27th, by the 29th the site had all but disappeared – leaving just the odd fence posts, gates and bushes only just visible around the vast sheets of water, (along with the roof top of Garganey Hide). Access onto the NNR is currently restricted to views from Bank Island, Thorganby Village Hall viewing platform, the Geoff Smith Hide at North Duffield Carrs and Ellerton churchyard. The wintering waterfowl (including 8000+ Wigeon, 6000 Teal and 2000 Greylags) are well scattered throughout the vast flooded landscape, however not all of the wildlife on the NNR will be finding the conditions so easy – including the mole which swam past the hide at North Duffield Carrs last week – a sight you don’t see every day… 

 Bank Island
 Bubwith
 Footpath to Wheldrake Ings 

Getting out and about on our NNR’s is a great way of having some fresh air, exercise and a chance to see some of the special wildlife which shares our local area. If this appeals then why not join Natural England’s NNR Reserve Manager Fallon Mahon for a New Year’s ‘Winter Warmer’ walk on Skipwith Common NNR this Sunday (10th January), starting at 11 am from the King Rudding Lane car park (off the A19). The event, arranged by the Friends of Skipwith Common is free (with donations welcome), and will last approximately an hour and a half, starting with a warming drink of Mulled Wine. Come along and find out about the management of the site, the recent works that have taken place over the last few months and the grazing livestock, whilst looking out for Green Woodpeckers, Woodcock, Jays and other wildlife, such as this Roe Deer which was photographed on the Common.

 Roe Deer

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