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.

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

12/05/16 - Herons

Following on from our first visit to the heronry in mid-April when a number of active nests were found, the team returned last week with the hope of ringing a sample of young. 13 chicks were ringed, taking the overall total ringed in the valley to 193, including 100 chicks fitted with our yellow and black colour-rings. Many thanks to the team for their help in ringing the young, which contributes to the long term monitoring scheme in the valley for the 35th year, and the BTO’s long running heronry census scheme. Ringing in the heronry over the years has shown that soon after fledging the young tend to disperse north into North Yorkshire, Cleveland and Northumberland, although one bird headed south in the summer of 2014, into Derbyshire. In most years the young leave the heronry and go straight on to Wheldrake Ings to feed before dispersing – so please keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks and leave any records of colour-ringed birds in the hides, thank you. 

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