Their den sites are usually old burrows of their prey, such as rodent or rabbit (even squirrel dreys). Within a stoat’s territory there can be 2-10 dens and temporary resting places. Other field signs, although rare are caches [a pile of prey or other food stuffs stored for future use] of prey found in burrows or crevices.
These are artificial bat roosts placed on trees by licenced bat ecologists to provide alternative roost spaces and also to allow licenced ecologists to undertake species and population monitoring to help conserve bats. If you see a bat box, please do not touch as this could cause disturbance to any roosting bats. Disturbing bats or interfering with their roosts is illegal. But if you want to find out more contact your local bat group or BCT
(for dormouse boxes)
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Depending on the hardness of the ground over which they are moving badgers may leave foot prints. These are very distinctive, having five toes with very distinctive claw marks at the end, and a central pad shaped rather like a kidney. Be aware that when they are walking badgers often place the rear foot very close to the mark made by the fore foot resulting in a partially obscured or “registered” print.
Unused badger setts can provide a den for a fox family and at this time of the year you may catch a glimpse of fox cubs starting to explore the area. Tasty morsels can be found in the wood itself, like bird eggs which may have fallen out of the nest, but the main hunting ground for foxes is along hedgerows and field margins that border the woodland.
These boxes have been put up by licenced ecologists who want to monitor the local dormouse population. Other species such as great tit, blue tit, wren, wood mouse, yellow-necked mouse along with tree bumblebee will also make use of these artificial nest boxes. If you see a dormouse box in a wood, please do not touch as it is illegal to disturb nesting birds and dormice. If you want to get involved or find out more about dormouse monitoring programmes contact PTES, your local mammal group or Wildlife Trust.
Bluebell eaten by muntjac
Once the bluebells have burst into flower, small piles of flower heads may be seen on the ground. Muntjac and other deer species will browse on bluebells and leave these field signs.
Badgers live in setts. A sett is a network of underground tunnels which they dig using their strong claws. Every badger group has one main sett which is occupied continuously and is used for breeding purposes.
(for badger’s setts)
A tree with dense ivy
(where bats can occasionally roost)
If the stems of the Ivy are 50mm or more in diameter, bats can get behind the stems to roost. Holes in the tree may also be present (but well hidden) by the ivy.
If the stems of the Ivy are 50mm or more in diameter, bats can get behind the stems to roost. Holes in the tree may also be present (but well hidden) by the Ivy.
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