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.

Friday, 17 February 2017

13/02/17 - Green Wood

Since the turn of the year whilst out on Skipwith Common NNR, the scrub clearance team have been hearing and occasionally seeing Green Woodpeckers around the reserve. The scrub clearance, aimed at reducing the dominance of Silver Birch and Scots Pine regrowth across the open wet and dry heaths, will be helping this species as well as several others found on the NNR, which prefer the open areas of vegetation.

Green Woodpeckers, such as this one superbly photographed by local birder and wildlife photographer Terry Weston, can occasionally be seen on the ground as they search for ants nests on which to predate - although more often than not views are limited to just a flash of colour as they are seen flying away with their distinctive undulating flight. They can also be readily identified by their characteristic ‘yaffling’ call which carries far over the Common – it's always a pleasure to hear one. Whilst visiting the reserve please let us know of any sightings/records you come across by using the logbooks provided, thank you. 

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