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Blog Posts about the wildlife at Woodlands iew.

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Today while trying to get some fencing upgraded, I was walking in front of the Lecture Hall when a rabbit tore past me, closely followed by a small brown blur. Both disappeared down the track to the houses at the bottom, then up into the field at the back, then back around again several times.

Five or six of these circuits must have been completed before I saw the small brown blur heading back towards me, still at full speed, the rabbit now nowhere to be seen. At the last minute I was spotted, and evasive action was taken, making use of an adjacent clump of reeds. But by now I had realised it was one of the ‘squeaky sausages’ that we had spotted last year.

I managed to grab a couple of photos of the little critter while it was investigating me, but it was soon gone again, back into the reeds and rocks.

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We had our first snowfall of winter last weekend. Doesn’t it look lovely? The site was covered in footprints left by the local wildlife; robins, crows, rabbits and a fox. We managed to catch a glimpse of the fox on camera in the early hours of the morning as she passed by the front of the lecture hall. The other set of paw prints above hers belong to a very brave rabbit!

We would have made a post a bit sooner, but have had some technical difficulties.

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Wal and I have seen lots of these lovely red- orange Soldier Beetles (Rhagonycha fulva) around. There are several species of Soldier Beetle and these are apparently the most common and easy to identify with their dark coloured tails and feet. They are usually found in pairs – mating pairs- which has led to their rather amusing nickname the ‘bonking beetle’.  

Wal has been making excellent progress at fencing off other parts of the site for our neighbours. Our own fencing has given the flora and fauna a chance to flourish undisturbed by the sheep; I wonder what else will appear in the future?

Finally, I also found a new (to WV) species of plant behind the pond which has taken a while to identify, mainly due to the fact that I was looking up wildflowers. We are not quite sure how Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) made it to the top o’ the hill but it is doing well. (Wal argues that it is called Love-in-the-mist, can someone settle this for us?)

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Wal, JK and I went for a wander around our ‘estate’ today to see what we could see. First off a streak of brown and some frantic squeaking heralded the appearance of one of the ‘squeaky sausages’ in a rock pile on North Woodlands! It seems that the weasel family has made their home in here as their squeaking has been heard on and off for several weeks. However this is the first time that JK and I have caught a close up look at them.

Next we spotted several owl pellets dotted around. These have become much more common over the last year or so. We think that they are from the Little Owl (Athene noctua) that Wal sighted recently. Clearly the local mice and voles have more than just the weasels to worry about.

South Woodlands is looking amazing and the trees are really coming into their own. The Rowans are covered in orange berries and the Oaks have tiny acorns appearing.  The wood was alive with wiggling caterpillars on nettles, rabbits dashing through the undergrowth and bees visiting the Willow-herb flowers.   Not looking so bad for a four-year-old plantation.  

Finally, hiding in one of the gates was this beautifully camouflaged moth.  We have tentatively identified it as a Pale-shouldered Brocade (Lacanobia thalassina). It is nice to see so much wildlife around the site.


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OK, so it's not really a pterodactyl, but it's probably the next best thing: Our 'resident' Heron.

We've had lots of sightings over the years of visiting Herons, but (as usual) we've never had a camera to hand when we needed it most. But today was the day when we finally captured an image of this magnificent bird and we can add it to our official 'resident wildlife list'.


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