Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Frequency of Latrines

 Latrine and feeding at Mossfields (Saddler's Walk)

Three latrines in this tiny section alone.

Basically, the more latrines there are, the more breeding voles are about. I went down to the field off Edgeley Road to pick up some droppings to send off to the Waterford Institute for DNA testing, and it was hard to find more than four feet of bank without a latrine on it. In some cases, the latrines are only centimetres apart. The habitat there is so perfectly suited for water voles that this stretch of the brook is teeming, and perhaps too this is a boom year.

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