Thursday, 23 May 2013

Breeding Birds


Unfortunately many of our bird boxes around the wood are un-occupied. This could be for a number of reasons. Last years breeding season was bad due to cold, wet weather so bird numbers are probably down due to this. We have just had a long cold winter which will have led to high mortality. Snow also fell in this area just as a lot of migratory birds were arriving from Africa, this may have forced them to move on to warmer areas.
I am hoping that the boxes that are being used will be very productive to make up for the low occupancy rates.
On a brighter note this lovely male Bullfinch was seen around Presthope.
 
He was later seen with with a female and i believe they have a nest nearby.
 

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Badgers

Here is some more footage from the camera that i have set up in the wood, different location, different main characters.

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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Lost property

Have you lost a pair of trainers on Wenlock Edge either today or yesterday? A pair were found in one of the car parks this evening, e-mail chris.dunkerley@nationaltrust.org.uk with details and i will get them back to you.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Spycam

I have been trying out a camera trap on the Edge recently as i want to see some of the wildlife acting naturally rather than running off at the sight of me! I also thought it would be good to share with readers of this blog. So far i have caught quite a bit of good footage but it has been rather limited in its species diversity.
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When i say acting naturally what i actually mean is eating peanuts that i have dropped strategically near the camera. These are Fallow deer, they are on the increase nationwide and this is no different here on Wenlock Edge. I have now moved the camera in the hope of capturing some different species.