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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Wednesday, 27 March 2019
22/03/19 - Return of the hawk
Monday, 25 March 2019
19/03/19 - Skipwith Redpolls
Monday, 18 March 2019
11/03/19 - Sights of spring
We’ve also heard the first ‘chipping’ displays from Snipe – this is a vocal call given in the breeding season, which is followed by the drumming noise made by their stiffened tail feathers as they vibrate in the air, as the birds rise and fall in their display flights. If you’re planning a visit over the coming months then make sure you visit the hides at Bank Island, Wheldrake and North Duffield Carrs towards dawn or dusk to enjoy the experience.
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
04/03/19 - Nightjar Brewery
Many thanks to everyone involved for their efforts, with many pairs of hands we were able to clear and improve a large area of potential habitat, which will also benefit other species and visitor enjoyment of the site. We were also blessed with favourable weather, spending the day under clear blues skies and unseasonally warm sunshine. We’re looking forward to Matt & Sam returning again later in the year for another corporate task, in the meantime the brewery is hoping to produce a special Nightjar ale to supply to local outlets, with a percentage of sales funding further conservation projects on the site. We’ll keep you real ale drinkers posted on this, and are grateful for the kind help and support offered by Matt and his team.