A quick check in the Country Park reveals several latrines, but also the caches of nibbled snail shells I've seen before, some right next to water vole droppings. Is it water voles who are eating them? Or field voles, or rats? I would love to know.
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Friday, 18 April 2014
Terrific habitat above - lots of cover and food for voles, silty stream-bed.
Not so good for voles: stony stream-bed.
Three lots of nibbled snails. Who's eating these - field voles, water voles or rats?
Trackway by the water's edge. It's a good idea to look here for prints and droppings.
Edgeley Road vole
Water vole 'lawn' round burrow entrance.
Very small frog
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Thursday, 10 April 2014
There are now so many burrows in some sections of the stream that I'm amazed the bank is holding together. Some will lead into the water while others connect up with chambers for nesting, food storage, babies etc. The more entrances available, the less chance the vole has of being eaten.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
As in 2012/13, Lorcan and I took a juvenile hog each from the West Midlands Rescue Centre http://www.westmidlandshedgehogrescue.org.uk/ and overwintered them in our sheds till they were fat and healthy enough to go. I released mine a few weeks ago, but Lorcan thought it would be nice to bring his round to my garden since I already have a lot of hedgehogs (six individuals identified so far this year) and also mine and his were brothers. I suppose we had this idea it would be nice if they were reunited.
Lorcan's hedgehog, "L", turned out to be almost twice the size of mine, and in fact of any other hogs in the garden. L has settled in very well and is king of the lawn due to his immense girth. He runs at other hogs and barges them out of the way.
Friday, 4 April 2014
The banks are now riddled with burrows, like Swiss cheese. Some burrows are only a few inches apart to enable multiple choices of getaway. Meanwhile, here's the first water shrew of the year (unfortunately dead).