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What a wet Wildlife Safari!

- A great day spend on Cothelstone Hill with our young wildlife explorers

Iain Porter

Posted by Iain Porter on 29 May 2013

What a wet Wildlife Safari! Even the wet weather couldn’t deter the young explorers who today joined Ranger Owen and I on Cothelstone Hill looking at the amazing wildlife that lives there.

The weather did unfortunately put some animals off from coming out. We are usually able to find some wood mice and voles but to fair to these little mammals it was very cold and wet last night so I do not blame them for not coming out. We did catch glimpses of a flock of Goldfinches and hear in the distance a Cuckoo calling. After a good time spend exploring the hill we joined Volunteers Dave and Chris who had set up camp ready for us and lunch.

For me there were a number of highlights, such as seeing new born Blue Tit chicks on the nest or one of our keen eyed wildlife explorers seeing a Muntjac deer – the smallest deer species in the UK usually standing 45cm at the shoulder running through the woods. But by far the greatest part of the day was the enthusiasm of both the young explorers and their parents in the face of the adverse weather. Owen and I would just like to thank them for making the day so enjoyable and also huge thanks to Volunteers Dave and Chris in setting up the camp and sorting out a very enjoyable lunch!  


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