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 resume over the winter months, and will run alongside wildlife and work posts.

Friday, 1 July 2016

26/06/16 - Swiftly does it

Following their first visit last month, a second team from the insurance company Aviva visited the base recently as part of their corporate volunteering time. After a quick introduction to the reserve, the team set about making Barn Owl boxes which are to be installed around the site as part of our long running project. As well as owl boxes, the team also helped construct a number of Swift boxes as part of a new project that we have recently started, involving the local communities and schools. Everyone worked hard cutting out the templates and constructing boxes – so much that we even had to go and collect more timber to keep up with them! In total, 13 Barn Owl boxes and 12 Swift boxes were made – making for an enjoyable day as well as making a real contribution to the local populations. At the end of the afternoon we also checked one of our local Barn Owl boxes with the group, which allowed them to see an adult and chick at close range – a great end to a fantastic day – many thanks again to the group for their hard work and enthusiasm. 


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