Wheldrake work party – 1st October

Further to the highly successful work party day we held at Wheldrake Ings in late August, and due in part to popular demand, we are planning another work day with YWT there on Sat 1st October. It would be great to have as many members as possible attend and help manage the scrub in the area of the reed bed, pool and swantail areas – we’ve recently made considerable progress in managing the area, coppicing, removing and treating willow scrub giving the site a much more open feel, removing corvid perches in an attempt to reduce predation, and to improve the views for visitors to the hides. Any help will be most welcome and will hopefully help finish the management of willows in this area and making it possible for the trust staff and volunteers to get on top of other areas on the reserve. Suggest we meet at the Bank Island base at 10am like last time and will aim to finish between 3-4pm – but feel free to join us for any length of time during the day. If people could let me know if you plan to attend for planning purposes that would be great

The work to date has already produced results with good numbers of passage waders using the pool in September and the steady build-up of returning waterfowl, with 350 Teal and 20 Wigeon in recent days. The only other notable record in recent days involves a Convolvulus Hawk-moth caught at Bank Island (base garden) in the moth trap overnight on 14th/15th – the first record for the NNR of this migrant.

Many thanks

Craig, the LDV NNR team and YWT

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