A DAY OF DISCOVERY AT THE NORTH END OF WILDEN MARSH NATURE RESERVE
This video is my representation of 24 hours on the north end of Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve. I put two camera traps out overnight and spent a couple of hours on the marsh this afternoon.
Badgers have reinhabited their long-established marsh setts, and new setts have been dug at other north marsh locations.
A heron floundered in the sticky mud of North Pond Scrapes. I don’t know if it was shot, whether it had fallen over and could not get back up, or if it had succumbed to COVID-19. I wasn’t able to get close to it; the heron dragged itself away with its wings when I got too close. I was running the risk of getting myself stuck in the mud, so I left the heron to sort itself out. When I later returned to the scrapes, the heron was nowhere to be seen.
I heard a screeching sound coming from the Island riverbank, and a large mink ran downstream from behind a tree, closely followed by another large mink snapping at its tail. These are the largest mink I have seen in the 10 years I have been warden of this site. I have photographed many mink at this location, which leads me to believe a mink family is living here. This is a surprise as this part of the river is a favourite hangout for otters. I wonder if the large sizes of these mink discourage otters from attacking them – I doubt this.