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.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

19/04/16 - Skipwith delights

Following another recent ‘cool’ spell our Grass Snakes haven’t been seen since the first record on the 14th March. However the warm sunshine today brought Skipwith to life - two Grass Snakes, two Adders and nine Common Lizards were seen on the Common, along with the first Orange Tips of the year and six Peacock butterflies. The first Common Carder Bees were also noted around the Gorse, while an emergence of Green Tiger Beetles flew over the heather. Woodlarks, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs sang from the Silver Birch trees, whilst Green Woodpeckers ‘yaffled’ their way over the heath and a pair of Tawny Owls called to each other.

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