Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest


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Making Drinking Pools for Turtle Doves

It was a beautiful sunny morning in the forest as we embarked on our work task and latest project – Drinking Pools for Turtle Doves. Mattocks and spades were the tools of choice (it was quite stony!) as we made the first of a series of drinking pools.

The Turtle Dove is one of our most threatened breeding birds, and it has suffered a very serious decline in the UK. There are various pressures on them such as unsustainable shooting on their migration route, habitat loss in their wintering grounds but also a lack of breeding success here.

Once they return to the UK (usually from late April), Turtle Doves rely on water – much more than other farmland birds. This is because their chicks are fed a ‘crop milk’ of water and seed, so it’s important that they have access to summer-long clean water sources with walk-in access. FoDF will be making a series of drinking pools to support the population that we know returns to nest every year in Dalby.

We banked up unused spoil alongside one side of the pool and sowed it with wildflower seeds which should encourage some butterflies later in the summer.

Thanks to everyone who came along today! A brilliant effort!

A special shout out should go to all the bird watchers who took part in this year’s ‘Michael Clegg bird race’ which raised the funds to allow us to get the tools and materials for the pools and get the project off the ground.

If you would like to support our bird projects, then you can donate to our GoFundMe . https://www.gofundme.com/f/Support-the-Birds-of-Dalby-Forest


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(Not) the 2020 Duck Dash

It should have been our main fundraiser, the Dalby duck dash this weekend. One of our young volunteers, who always helps out at the finish line, is a budding animator, and has made this instead!

FoDF is not a charity that spends much but we still have some running costs & spending like year-round bird seed supply for the Staindale feeding station, & adding/replacing feeders (pesky squirrels!). We raised £300 at the duck dash in 2019 (our best ever) so the lack of dashing ducks will be felt.

If you appreciate what we do, & if you can, please consider making a donation https://www.paypal.com/gb/fundraiser/charity/3197360
Hope to see you at the 2021 duck dash in Dalby!

Listen to our interview on BBC Radio York! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08mqklt

Our fundraising duck dash in 2019


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Pictures of our Duck Dask August 2019

The rain and thunder thankfully held off for our duck dash on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who turned up, bought a ticket, played the tombola and joined us for some quacking good fun. We raised over £300 for the Friends, every single penny of which goes back into our work within the forest. Lovely pictures courtesy of Colin Dadswell.


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Hot July but it’s the weather for ducks in August

A few hardy volunteers got a bit sweaty for July’s work task in the Enchanted Wood, erecting a new fence to maintain the boundary of the Enchanted Wood (our brash fence was simply too tempting for den builders). August sees our annual fundraiser the Duck Dash. Sunday 5th August from 11am (tickets on sale from c10am). Hope you can come along!

 

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