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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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

06/09/16 - Hard work and a farewell

Last week our team of volunteers returned for another days hard graft – after checking the moth trap a number of jobs were tackled: the allen scythe was used to cut the remainder of the hay meadow, the hedges around the car park and viewing platform were trimmed, the vegetation around the pond was strimmed, the grass was cut and the paths to the hides and along the riverbank trail were cut and trimmed – phew – what a great day with a lot achieved. Today was also unfortunately Connor’s last day before he heads to Durham to get ready for the start of his masters degree – needless to say we’ll all miss his help, good humour and company, but we wish him well in his studies to further his conservation career. Whilst Connor has been with us he’s gained plenty of experience using a variety of tools to carry out habitat management, but he has also had some fun along the way, taking part in our annual goose roundup, nest box checks and plant I.D course. It’s been an absolute pleasure having Connor on board and we wish him all the best with his MSc.

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