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 how we manage the NNR for both wildlife and people.

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Monday 11 February 2019

01/02/19 - Work on the NNR

Over recent weeks with the continuation of the dry weather, our team of staff and volunteers have been busy on Wheldrake Ings - helping out the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust with their winter work programme. The team have been burning some of the last brash piles remaining from the autumns scrub management programme, whilst retaining some of the older, rotten stumps and limbs for Willow Tits to nest in, as well as being an important habitat for a range of invertebrate species. Whilst on site we also continued installing fence posts and roping off the paths between Pool Hide and the new hide at Swantail, with aim of helping to hold back the reeds and vegetation during the summer months. There has also been a few odd repairs to the hides as part of the ongoing maintenance – and if you haven’t visited the site recently, then please take time to read and look at the new YWT/Wren funded interpretation panels, (completed with thanks to match funding from the Friends of the LDV, and for all the talk donations, and log/cards/calendar sales as well as kind donations to our Go Fund Me page). As always when visiting the site please let us know of any wildlife you see by using the log books provided, thank you. 

Visitors to Skipwith Common NNR lately will be aware of recent conservation work happening on site - contractors working with Escrick Park Estate, supported by our own volunteer team have been thinning out and managing some of the more mature woodland and scrub areas. This is to further increase the structure and diversity of the ground flora in the woodland areas, helping reduce the amount of scrub encroaching onto the more open heathland area for which the site is internationally important. The contractors are clearing birch scrub from the heathland and wetter parts of the sites, which will go on to be used for horse racing jumps around the country. Access routes are also being created into some of the denser areas – creating sunny glades for invertebrates and reptiles which will enjoy basking in the sheltered spots. Increased light will also benefit the ground flora, such as Common Spotted Orchids, Twayblades and Broad-leaved Helleborines found around the bomb bay loop. At present the work may look a bit harsh and stark, however come the spring we’re looking forward to seeing the benefits. 


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