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Monthly Archives: January 2017

The herd appeared to be back to normal this afternoon, following yesterday’s shenanigans. I’d like to think this image shows Waynetta apologising for yesterday’s madness, but it doesn’t! She is licking the wax from my cotton jacket with that sandpaper-like tongue of hers. I’m not at all keen on being licked by cattle, the rasp of their tongues on my skin is akin to the screech of fingernails being drawn over the surface of a blackboard to me – it makes my… Read More

The cattle were possessed by demons today. They danced, bucked, skipped, mooed, bellowed, fought each other, charged me en masse, ran in all directions like idiots, dug holes in the ground, and when not doing all this they were at my heel making general nuisances of themselves. If you don’t believe me, checkout the video below. I didn’t start filming until after their proper maniacal moments. They wouldn’t leave me alone, so… Read More

Back in October 2014, with help from the Wilden Marshers, I built an insect hotel (basically a square log pile with a waterproof roof) from willow and alder we were coppicing at the time. It is sited on the east bank of North Pond, close to the living otter holt. I intended this part of the North Pasture to be a rough and wild place, and even thought about constructing a hurdle fence around the area to keep… Read More

Log pile habitats are essential to thousands of invertebrate species, fungi, lichen, birds and bats, not to mention all the other things that live, shelter and hide in, between and under the logs, such as: small land based mammals, molluscs, reptiles, frogs, toads, newts, beetles, and many other species of bug and creepy crawly.  All creatures living in and around log pile habitats play a part in helping the wood decay, its return to the mother earth… Read More

The Shetland calves are coming on really well. In bygone days, cattle on the Shetland Isles lived harsh lives. They ate well during the growing season and slowly starved outside of it. Nature being what it is ensured that weaklings and disease prone cattle living on the islands, and their defective genes, died out over many brutal winters of trying to survive on a sparse low-calorie/low protein diet. So over time the cattle developed into a compact, sturdy,… Read More

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