Sunday, September 28, 2008
A badger watch on Thursday evening revealed at least 4 badgers. Although it was dark when they first started emerging at about 7.10pm it looked like the first 3 badgers were the cubs as they were still playing and fighting around the sett. I was a little surprised that although they now appeared almost adult sized their behaviour was definitely still cub-like. At least one other adult badger emerged at about 7.30pm and made off straight towards the field. It was a chilly watch with an east wind and although there were no extended views it was still great to see them.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Well, it's nice to see that the heavy rain over the past few weeks has done something useful - the pond dug by my valuable volunteers in July is virtually full! It also appears to be holding water and I have now started gradually replacing the soil dug out of the pond to the edges where the liner is visible. Given time, grasses and waterside plants will colonise this soil and matt it together with their roots both holding it together and making a pleasant edge.
Interestingly a female southern hawker dragonfly was laying eggs at the edge of the water. Every time I moved around the pond she would take off and then hover in front of me before settling again to bend her abdomen down to lay another egg. This is one of the behaviours that identify southern hawkers; they often like woodland rides or edges and will fearlessly hover very close to you and check you out, sometimes at alarming close range! However, whether this years' dragonfly brood will survive is doubtful as there are hardly any other invertebrates in such a new pond but it is an encouraging sign and reinforcement again that if you do something to encourage wildlife, it normally turns up!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
My apologies for not posting any updates regarding Scrag Copse but I have been working in Brazil leading a tour in the Pantanal region. It was a fantastic photographic tour and we managed to see and photograph 6 jaguars!
However, I am back now and regular Scrag Copse updates will now resume.