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.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

17/07/17 - One good tern

We are pleased to be able to report that the two young chicks that have been on the tern raft at Wheldrake Ings for the last three weeks have now successfully fledged - the first successful breeding for the Lower Derwent Valley NNR. On Monday we watched from the hide as the four birds, two adults, two young, flew around the pool together, occasionally catching small fish and returning to the raft and tern rails. 

It’s been fantastic to be able to enjoy these delightful birds and watch their antics from the hides with some of our regular visitors – the adults have done a great job of looking after their chicks, constantly mobbing and chasing away predators and bringing in a steady supply of small fish for the youngsters. The family party have also attracted several other Common Terns onto the pool with up to seven adults lingering over recent days – an encouraging sign for next year! It won’t be long before the terns head off to their wintering grounds in southern Africa, so if you haven't been down yet then it's well worth a visit at the moment - always plenty to see! 

Many thanks again to everyone involved in the kind donation of money to the Friends of the Lower Derwent Valley, resulting in the purchase of the two new rafts from Green Future Building. 

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