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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Monday, 5 March 2018

28/02/18 - Caught in the act

Found throughout the British Isles, the Wood Mouse is our most common and widespread wild rodent, and is usually found on the edges of the reserve. However, it appears that a family at the NNR base have found a way to help them get through the recent cold spells – by making a home in our seed and peanut bin used for topping up the bird feeding station. These four (with a fifth hiding), looked a bit guilty and then perhaps somewhat disappointed, when we released them back on to the reserve – always pleasing to see these little furry friends, and a nice treat for our team of volunteers on what had been a very cold and wet day! Many thanks as always to our team for being such a big help, and for bringing plenty of enthusiasm with them whatever the weather! 

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