A brief foray yesterday morning to recover my mammal cam from the local woodland revealed a few nice surprises. Not only are the regular small mammals, mostly Wood Mice and Bank Voles, still visiting, a host of woodland birds are also making use of the free peanuts it seems. A little more surprising (and disheartening) was the addition of a Grey Squirrel to the footage. The site in question, Ha’Penny Woods Local Nature Reserve, is a site that for the duration of my life has held Reds. Lately however these seem to have vanished as Grey’s take hold in the area. I personally do not mind these burly, bushy-tailed yanks, at least in areas where Reds have already been lost but here however this is not the case and I have requested a trap from the good folks at Red Squirrels North East. We all have to do our bit.

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