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, 28 July 2016

20/07/16 - New addition

As part of a national NNR project, earlier in the year we were fortunate to be able to take on a three month survey and monitoring trainee. Cameron started working with us in April, and since then he has been getting involved with the monitoring work that takes place on and around the NNR, including carrying out grassland surveys, monitoring newts on Skipwith Common, running trail cams for otters in the Lower Derwent Valley, carrying out butterfly transects and helping to run the moth trap at the NNR base. Cameron has also been working on a project to promote the conservation of Swifts throughout the local villages surrounding the NNR’s, which has involved making nest boxes with Ad Astra and Aviva, whilst also running workshops in local schools. Last week he also joined us out on site as we started to check a few Barn Owl sites as part of our long term project – so there has definitely been plenty to keep him busy and engaged. In the short time that he’s been with us, Cameron has been a real asset to the team – so many thanks for all your hard work Cameron – and for being prepared to muck in with any job – even the ragwort!

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