Sunday, 22 October 2017

THE DON GORGE CALENDAR 2018


COMING SOON


THE DON GORGE CALENDAR 2018


PRE-ORDER YOUR CALENDAR(S) NOW AT THE REDUCE PRICE OF

£4.50

AS, IF NOT PRE-ORDERED, IT WILL COST 

£5


IT CONTAINS 13 LOVELY PHOTOGRAPHS  WHICH SHOW OFF 

THE DON GORGE AT ITS SEASONAL BEST

AS WELL AS THE DATES OF OUR CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER SESSIONS.


An envelope is also provided so that it can be posted to friends or relatives.


The deadline for pre-ordering is Tuesday 31 October 2017

Please email


before that date to obtain the reduced price.


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RIVER DON FROM FOR SOURCE TO SEA


If you are looking for a Christmas gift which represents the area, 
this full colour photographic record might be just the thing you're looking for.

Available from Liz at the reduced price of £10.

Orders can be taken via the above email.

If you are looking for a Christmas gift which represents the area, 
this full colour photographic record might be just the thing you're looking for.

Available from Liz at the reduced price of £10.

Orders can be taken via the above email.


Monday, 25 September 2017

OTTER SIGHTING

22 September 2107
An otter was reporting as being seen at the landing stage at Lower Sprotborough this morning.  It apparently climbed onto the Sapphire (narrow boat) and then swam away.

Liz

 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

OTTER SPOTTED

I had a report of an otter being seen this morning about 9.30 am by David Cotes, out walking his dog towards Doncaster on the river bank below the lock.  He was convinced it wasn't a mink, which we know are also around, due to its size, head and tail.  Otters have been seen occasionally over the past few years, which is a good sign of their return to the river.  If anyone else has seen them, they might like to email me: lizreeve@dongorgecommunitygroup.com.  Any photos would be especially good, but I know they are quite elusive and quick to disappear.





Tuesday, 6 June 2017

THEMED WALKS IN 2017

  • It is regretted that the following event has had to be cancelled due to lack of take-up.
  • Sat, Jun 17, 10:30 - 12:30
  • Themed Walk with Sheila Bury - “Stroll and Sketch" 
  •       The next walk will be on:
  •       Saturday 22 July, 10.30 am  - 12.30 pm with Rick Ramsdale
          “The Don & the Prehistoric Landscape”
  •       Please book early if you would like to participate.
  •       

Friday, 17 March 2017

TREE WORK IN SPROTBOROUGH PLANTATION

As you will have seen from the notes of the AGM, it was brought to our notice that a lot of trees are being cut down in Sprotborough Plantation and concern was expressed that too much was being cleared.  

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have the contract to maintain the woodland at Sprotborough and, as a result of the question raised, an approach was made to explain the reasoning behind this clearance.  What follows is the reply and I hope this explanation will be sufficient to answer the questions raised.

"The woods at Sprotbrough Flash are very evenly aged (all tree are the same height and girth and a small number of species), which isn’t ideal for the variety of other things (plants, insects, birds) that live in the woods. Having areas with differently aged trees, enables an understory to develop (hazel, hawthorn etc. are good for this). Some bird species like areas that have been cleared within the last 5 years and some like woods that are 5-10 years old, etc. 

As the areas we are clearing are a small proportion of the entire woods, the existing things have plently of space to remain, but hopefully we’ll encourage a few more species to nest on site.  

As none of the YWT staff or vols are entomologists, then it’s harder to prove a difference in insect populations, but studies by others have shown that it is beneficial to insects.

Jim Horsfall, Reserves Officer, (South Yorkshire)"

Thursday, 16 March 2017

BERNARD PEARSON


We are sorry to report that Bernard Pearson who has been a stalwart of the Group, acting initially as Chairman before relinquishing that position more recently, has had to resign this year due to ill-health.  He will be greatly missed and we would like to acknowledge the time and effort he has put in to supporting the preservation of the Don Gorge, both as a conservation volunteer and as our representative on several partnerships, over many years.

THEMED WALKS IN 2017