Monday, 2 November 2015
Amphibians such as the GCN and the baby smooth newts above, as well as small mammals and reptiles, are looking for piles of logs in which to hibernate. If you're building a bonfire, don't do it more than a day or two in advance, and if it's been up a while, do try shifting it a few feet so that any animals who've taken refuge there have a chance to escape.
Monday, 5 October 2015
Friday, 11 September 2015
I never see much of the voles after early September, so this blog goes into semi-hibernation for the winter. However, I'll be keeping track of the hedgehogs and any other wildlife encounters over the colder months. Then fingers crossed it'll all kick off again in Spring...
Friday, 4 September 2015
Common toad and Common Blues at Black Park Road
The ditch at Broughall, with some water vole droppings
Edgeley Road vole, and a latrine below.
I felt lucky to see this vole as they've been very shy lately. Also, there was a flash flood in the field, so I worried some might have been drowned. But no, they're hanging on, both here and at Broughall.
Sunday, 30 August 2015
Above: two feeding stations and a piece of vole-cut stalk.
Looks like a burrow but it's actually just a trackway through the grass into the water.
We've also been assured we can go back and survey the site at regular intervals in the future.
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Elephant hawk moth
Baby grass snake (Brown Moss)
I am really struggling to get more than swift glimpses of water voles at the moment. They seem very shy, so whether this means numbers are down on their usual August peak, or whether there's a predator about, I don't know. So the best I can give you this week is a misty video clip, caught by using a trail cam.