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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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

08/02/20 - Tree planting

The Friends of the Lower Derwent Valley have recently been successful in receiving another grant from The Tree Council, in order to improve the boundaries of part of the site by gapping up old traditional hedges. The generous grant of £1000 has allowed the purchase of over 1500 standard trees and hedging whips of a variety of species, including Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Guelder Rose, Hazel, Dogwood and Field Maple. The variety of species will ensure a wide range of nectar source is available throughout the spring and equally, fruit and nuts in the autumn – a welcome boost for a range of our local wildlife.

The Tree Council awards grants to help communities around the country to plant more trees, and to do something positive for their ‘treescape’ and this year following a national campaign, communities, organisations and businesses around the UK are taking the opportunity to do their bit to reduce UK carbon emissions, and improve their communities by planting trees. Many thanks to our team for their help with this project over the last few weeks, with many of the trees now planted at Thornton Ellers, North Duffield Carrs and Bank Island – and with more still to plant we’ll be teaming up with the pupils of Ad Astra next week to continue with the task.

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