After the mild weather, persistent rain and storms the temperature has finally dropped at Fingle Woods. During a quick walk this morning to check the cameras at a badger sett, a few signs of life were visible.
A light fall of snow gave away the movements of some woodland creatures and, as I walked, I noticed a set of fox paw prints. It occurred to me that I might even be following it, and sure enough, I rounded a corner and there it was on the track in front of me. It made for cover and wasn’t seen again but it left a clear set of prints behind.
On closer inspection a few badger prints and deer tracks were also visible in the snow.
Further down the hill I checked where some contractors have been working on a timber extraction track near a dormouse monitoring area. As the dormice are hibernating in the leaves, a queen wasp has taken the opportunity to spend the winter in one of their nest boxes.
by Matt Parkins