Saturday, 20 April 2019

Film Clips of Edgeley Road Voles




Survey Work










We did a routine survey of the Greenfields nature reserve, Whitchurch Country Park, and found stacks of water vole burrows, plenty of feeding especially on nettles, plenty of droppings and tracks. It looks as thought the population there continues strong and healthy.

Meanwhile the water voles down Edgeley Road are active. I saw three last night, two of whom had a bit of a spat over possession of a burrow.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Fur





Water voles have water-repellent fur which is supposed to dry immediately with a good shake. I guess this one just hasn't read the handbook.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Busy-ness at Edgeley Road




 chiffchaff






 Barn owl egg? There are barn owls in this field.







Two water voles tonight at Edgeley Road, plus a selection of burrows and droppings.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

The Practised Eye







 characteristically starry paw prints


With a bit of practice you can quickly spot where the voles have been, even if you don't see the animals themselves. Stretches of mud are good for starry prints, and flat rocks and bits of rubbish good places for droppings. Look out too for reeds chewed off at the base, at a 45 degree angle.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

And now the first vole at Edgeley Road.






 Otter spraint at Wrenbury.


First Edgeley Road water vole of the year.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

First Latrines Appearing!

 White Lion Meadow (Tesco) vole



Burrows at Edgeley Road, with grazing.






Droppings appearing at Edgeley Road.