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6th December 2017

December Conservation Work Party

Five enthusiastic conservation volunteers completed a morning in the Green Gym at Church Farm. Tasks carried out included bringing in the tern raft, removing the weeds and cleaning the perspex sides. Paths were made to the two Sand Martin walls and the areas in front of the walls were cleared. Vegetation was cut back from in front of the hide to improve the view and a stick was put into the bank to attract the local Kingfisher. A massive thank you goes to Chris, Carol, Mick and Russell.


15th November 2017

November Conservation Work Party

LROS Conservation volunteers helped to clear an area around the scrapes near Tower hide at Watermead Country Park. Nine enthusiastic souls spent the morning in the 'Green Gym'! As well as the obvious health and fitness benefits wildlife was also the winner. Last year we cleared the same area and flushed a Jack Snipe. This year we flushed two Snipe and two Jack Snipe. Without management this area would rapidly become overgrown, the shallow scrape would disappear and the reeds would be replaced by trees, not good Snipe habitat. I have no doubt that the snipe are already back enjoying this area and I look forward to seeing them again next year. A massive thank you to all super stars from the Snipe!


4th September 2017

September Conservation Work Party

The first task of the autumn was to clear the gravel island at Hicks Lodge. This had two aims. One is to maintain it as an open area for breeding terns, gulls and waders and secondly to improve the viewing of the island for birdwatchers.

With the help of Alan Dowell and his Forestry Commission rangers, plus Chris Flint and myself, we were able to complete this task. We were also able to clear vegetation from the two tern rafts.

The gravel island has been very successful this summer. It has been rapidly adopted by a colony of Black-headed Gulls, and approximately 25 pairs have nested this summer. There have also been four pairs of Common Tern and one pair of Oystercatchers. I believe that the management of this island has helped to attract these species to breed.

Andy Smith


2nd July 2017

Colour-ringed Common Terns

Andy Smith has recently ringed 29 juvenile Common Terns at Watermead CP, and asks birders to look out for and report them. This year's birds have yellow rings with a code in black: U00 - U28. These should return as adults in two year's time. Previous year's birds (starting in 2014) have lime green rings with the same code sequence. Please report any sightings to Andy: adsthornton56@gmail.com - the railings at Cropston Res dam is apparently a favourite spot for Watermead terns!


20th March 2017

Watermead CP Tern Rafts Launch


Two more tern rafts were launched today at Watermead CP. We now have a total of eight rafts and look forward to a good breeding season. Huge thanks to Jim Graham, Pete Williams, Colin Green, and of course WCP Rangers Dale and Jenny for their magnificent efforts in atrocious conditions.

Rafts loaded at Church Farm

Rafts arrive safely at Watermead CP

Rafts successfully launched

Anchors away!


1st March 2017

Wistow Work Party


The final LROS Conservation task of the winter was an attempt to clear the pond at Wistow garden centre. This is a site where we installed a bird ID board with a memorial to Alan Rayfield. The pond had certainly become overgrown as can be seen from the first photo. At first we thought the task would be impossible, especially as we had only three volunteers. However, LROS Conservation and Education helpers are made of strong stuff and we were soon making a difference. Chest waders helped, but also a good balance. Thanks go to Sue Rayfield for kindly covering the cost of Coffee and cakes. A massive thank you to stalwarts Russell Parry and Chris Flint for their efforts. I was just relieved that the staff allowed three mud splattered scruffs to enter the café and enjoy those richly deserved treats.


26th January 2017

Hicks Lodge Work Party


The latest LROS conservation volunteers task was to clear the gravel island at Hicks Lodge. This will help to maintain this island as a breeding site for Common Terns and other species. Thanks to Ben Devine, the Forestry Commission Rangers, and LROS members Chris Flint, Pete Williams and Jim Graham for all their efforts in sub zero temperatures.


4th January 2017

Browns Wood Work Party

A successful session of coppicing was completed at Browns Wood, Thornton. A small coupe of Hazel was coppiced, and a log pile and Willow Tit nest site were created. Thanks to Chris, Carol, Mick and Ken for all their hard work in the Green Gym!

The two first photos are before and after images.


 

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