Where have the animals gone?

Thursday – 22nd June :

I’ve spent a lot of time this week looking into as many nooks and crannies as possible in an attempt to glimpse something interesting. I didn’t find much, though: a frog, a few beetles, rabbits, a shrew, slugs and snails and a field mouse. Where have all the animals gone?

Whilst I didn’t see many animals, I did see plenty of animal track and plenty of muntjac tracks in particular, and the fox trackways were well used, too. The long grass, giant hog weed, the very tall Himalayan balsam and the large banks of hemlock currently growing on the marsh can easily hide a cow, so it is not surprising that I haven’t seen the usual larger marsh animals in a while.

I set up a remote camera at the badger setts, and left it there for three days, convinced that I would bag a few decent images of badgers, but all I got was a few fox images. It just goes to show that you can’t take anything for granted where nature is concerned; you just have to keep at it if you want to succeed in either watching or photographing wildlife – plenty of research can bring results, though.

So, with very few animals to photograph, I turned to flowering plants and there weren’t many of these.

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