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.
The Trustees of Rodley Nature Reserve are delighted, and very relieved, to let you know that the Reserve is not now being considered for use as a flood water storage area as part of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme Phase 2. We think this decision recognises the value of the Reserve to the local community and we would like to offer our sincere thanks to the ‘Friends of Rodley Nature Reserve’ and to our supporters for the many responses they made to the LFAS consultation which helped to make the case for the wildlife and community value of the Reserve. To read the agreed joint statement from the Flood Alleviation Scheme team and ourselves please follow link
The Reserve has again been successful in being selected by the Co-op for funding support from their Community Fund scheme. This latest initiative, which has just commenced, will finish in November 2018 and the funding will be used to extend the hard surface footpaths enabling wheelchair and pushchair users easier access around the Reserve.
Please support the Reserve by registering for membership and selecting Rodley Nature Reserve as your “local cause” – 1% of everything you spend will then go towards the funding and in addition 5% will go into your membership account.
To register your membership please follow this link
This hide has increased in popularity over the last couple of years, particularly since the Little Owls took up residence in a nest box there. Work started on an extension to the hide in June. Once completed this will provide considerably more seating for birdwatchers and photographers.
Lapwings have nested successfully on Tim’s Field in the past and at least four pairs did so again this year. A total of 9 juveniles have been seen on the Wet Grassland and Duck Marsh including 2 very young chicks seen and one photographed by Andrew Thompson at the end of the Willow Path on 8th July.
Just like last year 3 juvenile Kestrels have fledged from the east facing Barn Owl box in the compound. Last year the three birds were first seen together on 10th July. This year’s juveniles appeared for the first time on the ledge of the box on 5th July.
It’s great to be able to announce the award of £3176 from the Co-op Community Fund initiative.
A really big thank you goes to the Co-op Community Fund and to all those shoppers at our 3 local branches who chose Rodley Nature Reserve Trust as their good cause.
Yet a further example of the terrific support we receive from our local community.