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, 15 April 2016

12/04/16 - Sprucing up

Last week the car parks at Bank Island and North Duffield Carrs were given a spruce up, with them both being re-leveled and the pot holes filled in, followed by a new top dressing of gravel - making both sites more user friendly. 

The team have also been busy working in our wildlife garden at the NNR base at Bank Island, weeding, planting and pruning ready for the butterfly and bee season. If you haven’t visited recently then why not plan a visit soon and send us any sightings or counts you make from around the reserve. 

Recently there has been a number of interesting sightings including several Common Scoter, a pair of Cranes and a large movement of Little Gulls. Over the last few days there has also been a steady arrival of summer migrants including good numbers of Willow Warblers and Blackcaps, along with a steady build-up of House Martins and the first few Yellow Wagtails. All hides are now accessible once again – although wellies are still needed!

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