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 26 January 2018

22/01/17 - Drewton Lane Pits

This week our team of staff and volunteers returned once again to Drewton Lane Pits SSSI for the annual visit to this important site, situated near South Cave. With the site designated for its amphibian interest, we’ve been working with the Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust, and the site advisor and owners to help improve the habitat and management of the site over the last five years. Everyone, as always, got stuck into the list of jobs which included the removal of regenerating birch and willow around the ponds, and trimming back overhanging branches to reduce shading and leaf fall. 

The team also helped rake out some of the more silted up ponds, and spent time constructing hibernacula for the newts, frogs and toads, along with making egg mops ready for this seasons monitoring work. Many thanks to the whole team for their great efforts, this year and the previous – it's great to now see the improvements to the site with our involvement over the last five years. 

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