Can you guess what did this?

Can you guess what did this?

Something that crops up at the back of my place.

I know what it is, but does anyone else fancy having a guess at what it could be? There’s clearly been some activity here – the grass doesn’t grow in this spot, so it must have been brought here – evidence of this is the trail of strands.

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This is where a badger likes to have a snooze above ground!

A little exercise….

A little exercise….

…….I did a few years back, dissecting owl pellets.

Found plenty underneath a tree which was favoured by a Tawny Owl down by Sutton Bingham Reservoir. It’s quite a good survey method for discovering which small mammals are in the area – just soak the pellets in a bowl of warm water and let it seperate and strain/sieve/pick through the bits. What you’ll end up with is akin to bunging a load of Meccano sets into a box and jumbling it up. Here we have field and bank voles, common shrew and Pygmy shrew. Tawny skull was from roadkill found at another time – I’d actually given it a burial, but it got dug up by badger.

A little throwback to the Summer

A little throwback to the Summer

This is the first pyramidal orchid I’d ever seen, and had to get permission to scale down the cliff to photograph it (There were others that were more accessible, but…but just because great backdrop too!)

Just to add, I’m not a photographer (and it shows!), nor do I own a decent camera, so it could have been better, You just had to be there really!