Saturday, 21 August 2010

Country Park Concerns

Field off Edgeley Road

There was a lot of water vole evidence at Whitchurch Country Park at the start and middle of the year, but I had a look last week and found very little that was definitive. True there were some burrows and 'vole-scaping' of the banks, but I could only find the one feeding station pictured above, and no latrines (the droppings in that photo belong to a field vole). No idea what this means, but I'll be keeping a close eye on the situation. There was some suspiciously minky-looking scat under the bridge last week, but the consensus seemed to be that it was on the small side and so probably belonged to a stoat. The otter spraint's still being deposited; otters (and stoats) would take water voles, but not in the devastating numbers that mink would.

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