Saturday, 24 September 2011

Evening Zone In

Yesterday evening I went for a stroll to the thin strip of woodland at the end of my road. On the other side of the woodland is a field where on previous visits I had noticed some well defined trails.
I had only been zoning for around 10 minutes  when a couple of bats arrived. As I sat there they were buzzing me, checking me out.

As I sat looking up at the bats against the sky I noticed something in my peripheral vision, a fox was making its way alone the trail towards me. As he came closer he stopped, checked me out for a while and then decided to walk around the back of me through the woodland.

I managed to slowly bring the camera around to catch him walking off into the woods. The quality is not great as it was pretty dark at this point and beyond the ability of the camcorder so I have lightened the video in a software package.

The base line at this particular location is very noisy due to the road and people walking by, this can make it quite a challenge to zone in. But in those moments when the cars and people are not there all the noises of the woodland come alive. This is a location where your sense of smell overrides your hearing. I have been walking along the hedgerow and the fox scent has been so strong that I was able to pin point a 2m stretch where the fox was probably sat there watching me, other times a more faint smell drifts across the field on the breeze.

You don’t need to go far to see the wildlife, slow down and open your senses as it’s a lot closer than you think...

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Where did that Badger come from?

A while back on my ukgardenwildlife cams I spotted for the first time a badger. As far as I knew there were no badger setts in the immediate area.

So I fired up google earth and looked for any potential areas within a mile radius of my house. The closest was a very thin strip of woodland about half a mile away between a main road and a field.

I found a few large burrows but nothing that looked very active. I did find what looked like a one badger print and further on what maybe a badger latrine.
There were a number of scrapes a couple of which were filled with scat.

As I followed the trails I came across other prints including fox and roe deer prints.

On the way back I came across these set of three very small prints.