I don't normally put personal things on this blog, but this post is a special one for my wonderful mum, who died last night. Without her I'd never have learned to love nature, and that passion is without doubt one of the greatest gifts she could have passed onto me.
Who ignited that flame in you? If you can, say thank you to them. And then let's in turn pass the flame on, joyfully.
Starting to get sightings now in the field off Edgeley Road. In the meantime, hedgehogs are crowding the garden, and I was lucky enough to get this glimpse of a family of fox cubs playing on the other side of town.
This water vole with an infected eye has been around for about ten days now at White Lion Meadow car park. It's a wound probably received from a rat or another vole. I've seen several voles over the years with just one eye, and they seem to cope; the female last year brought up at least one litter.
Meanwhile I'm starting to see latrines and burrows that are definitely water vole in the field off Edgeley Road. I don't know why this colony's so late in getting started.
This blog charts the fortunes of water voles in and around the Whitchurch area, North Shropshire. Water voles are one of the UK's most threatened mammals, extinct in many counties, and so it's vital they receive as much monitoring and protection as there is going. Here in Whitchurch we're lucky enough to have them right in the middle of town - how cool is that?