Saturday, 31 July 2010

Husband home from hospital!

It's been a few weeks since I was able to get down to the field, but the voles are obviously doing well. Latrines everywhere, and two sightings within half an hour.

Sunday, 11 July 2010


I may have chopped this vole's nose off, but there's a nice clear shot of the dark brown hairy tail. Sometimes tails are all you glimpse, so it's important to know the difference between a vole's and a rat's (greyish-pink and naked). The generally rounded shape to the vole's body is the other quick-spot giveaway.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Voles are like Buses

It's ages since I posted a latrine pic - so there you are. Don't say I never treat you.

Ringlet (I think)

Burnet moth
You wait for ages and then two turn up and once. An hour and nothing but a flash by my feet of what was either the baby water vole, or possibly a bank vole, I couldn't tell which. Then, just as I was about to pack up, two large adults came round the corner practically nose to tail. One carried on up the stream, and the other hung around and ate some apple.