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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Tuesday 24 September 2019

12/09/19 - Aviva

At the beginning of the month we were pleased to welcome two teams of Aviva staff to the LDV as part of their volunteering allowance. Joining up with our regular volunteer team, the extra pairs of hands added up to an impressive 46-person work days, which has certainly made a difference to the site. The work has largely been scrub management on Wheldrake Ings – with the new Swantail Hide now having improved views over the refuge area to the south, and over the reedbed area ahead of the winter roosts. As well as maintaining the open landscape and views, it helps keep the willows on site a nice low size for breeding warblers, without swamping and drying out the reedbed too much, whilst also keeping the ditches open and allowing access for maintenance. 

Many thanks to everyone for their efforts – it really does make such a huge difference to what we can achieve for both the local wildlife and visitors to the reserve. If you’d like to come and with a volunteer group then please feel free to get in touch.


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