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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Friday, 24 February 2017

18/02/17 - Lending a hand

It's been another busy time in the valley recently for our staff and volunteers, with a wide range of tasks undertaken last week. On Thursday and Friday the team were out with Reserve Manager Fallon Mahon, managing chalk grasslands on the Yorkshire Wolds at Grimthorpe Dale, thus helping the local farmer to deliver the requirements of his Agri-Environment Scheme, and bringing further environmental benefits to the site. The task involved clearing back dense and encroaching Bramble and Hawthorn to allow the chalk grassland flowers and associated butterflies and other invertebrates to flourish – always difficult work and more so on the steep sided valleys across the Wolds – so well done to the team for their efforts. 

Earlier in the week we were out locating and collecting tree stumps following a request from an infant school near Thirsk, for them to be used as seats as part of their story telling time – nice to know they are going to good use. With the reserve still flooded and access restricted, the extended team have also been busy helping to collect more of this winter’s felled timber before processing it into next year’s log supplies - hopefully ensuring a steady supply of extra budget next year to help get all the necessary work done on the reserve. Many thanks as always to our great team for such a sterling effort this week.  

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