Please note that the last day for pond dipping at the Reserve this year will be Sunday 3rd September. This should give sufficient time for the ponds to recover prior to opening again in 2024.
We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
THE NATION’S FAVOURITE SPOTS FOR WILDLIFE
We are delighted to announce that, thanks to your votes, Rodley Nature Reserve came top in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s poll to find the favourite wildlife spots in Yorkshire and Humberside.
This result meant that the Reserve went into the national final and came 5th overall in the list of brilliant wildlife locations in the UK.
Nominations were made by a panel of 60 conservationists, writers, presenters and photographers who produced a shortlist by region which was then put to the public vote.
Many thanks to all our volunteers, Friends, visitors and supporters who have made this possible, it’s great to have all our efforts appreciated in this way.
Rodley Nature Reserve Trust, 8th June 2023
The most recent outbreaks are the largest ever and have killed many thousands of birds. Seabirds and geese have been particularly badly affected but it can affect other species too.
Several dead and sick geese were seen on the Lagoon and Wet Grassland on 1st January this year. We have already reported these to Defra ( Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).
What you should and should not do if you find any dead or sick birds on the Reserve –
- Report them at the Visitor Centre or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org We need to know where on the Reserve you saw the birds; the date you saw them, how many and what species if known.
- Do not pick up or touch any dead or sick birds.
- Do not touch any bird feathers or surfaces contaminated with their droppings.
In presenting the award Seamus Corr, Principal Landscape Architect, Leeds City Council, commented – “Rodley Nature Reserve represents an excellent example of how a charity can take on the responsibility for managing a piece of land to improve it for a wide range of wildlife whilst also delivering opportunities for the young and old to learn about nature on their doorstep”
The award is a significant accolade for our hard working volunteers who are to be congratulated on their achievements.
On Saturday 1st December Rodley Nature Reserve was presented with Open Country’s Good Access Award for 2018 which recognises the best countryside “access for all” project in Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire-based Charity Open Country help people with disabilities to access the countryside and this award celebrates the efforts of our volunteers in making the Reserve more accessible to wheelchair users and people with a disability through our paths project.
Peter Murphy, Secretary of Rodley Nature Reserve Trust said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award. It has always been our aim to make all areas of the Reserve accessible to wheelchair users and our other less able visitors. All our birdwatching hides now have special facilities for wheelchairs and major improvements to some of our paths have been made in recent years. We are grateful to the Co-op Community Fund for their support for the paths project this year”
Since 2012 the Reserve has worked towards the introduction of the Harvest Mouse to areas of the Reserve providing a suitable habitat – since this time approx. 900 mice have been released.
The flood occurrence over Xmas 2015 completely swamped the early release areas causing significant damage to the habitat and it was thought at that time the mice would not have survived such conditions.
It’s now pleasing to be able to report that a series of breeding nests have been found on both Tim’s Field and the Scrubland (16 to date) which indicates success for the introduction programme. Further survey work will now be undertaken to determine the extent of the breeding activity.
It’s a great result for the Reserve and a particularly satisfying reward for Trustee John Brook and his wife Maxine who have spent many hours managing the release programme.