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, 10 November 2017

05/11/17 - Skipwith sightings

On Friday last week whilst working on the Common we were fortunate to come across a couple of late Adders enjoying the last of the autumn sunshine. It’s been a great year on Skipwith for Adders, with some good counts in the early spring, then after a quiet spell in the autumn it was pleasing to find one of this year’s young last week – confirming successful breeding. Curled up beside the small young was also a large adult, with them both basking on a favoured bank amongst the bracken.  There probably won’t be too many more days left with suitable temperatures from now on, which means the snakes will head deeper into the hibernacula for the winter. Once they go into hibernation, we’ll then look forward to spotting them again on nice sunny days from mid-March. 

Aside from our reptile species it’s a great time of year at the moment to enjoy Skipwith Common NNR, and experience the sights, sounds and colours of autumn. It’s been a busy time for us too, working on the site controlling the birch scrub, helping the shepherd manage the grazing livestock, repairing boardwalks and managing the birch woodland. Among it all we’ve been able to enjoy its wildlife – we've been watching Jays busily (and nosily) stock piling and burying acorns for later in the winter, listening to Green Woodpeckers yaffling, and spotting the last of Common Darter dragonflies buzzing around the pond margins. We were also fortunate to spot this beautiful Comma basking in the sunshine on the bark of a Silver Birch tree, whilst Ruby Tiger caterpillars and Gorse Shieldbugs were hiding among the spines of the gorse scrub. 

As always when visiting the reserves please leave any sightings in the log books provided, thank you.

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