The Wilden Marsh Blog


This image was captured in the flooded withy wood. The camera trap was setup on a well used track and its infrared flash covered in a double thickness of women’s tights. The proximity sensor was part covered on two sides with tape to narrow its field of sensitivity. I don’t know what happened next, but I doubt it was good news for the rabbit.

This is a camera trapped image of a polecat taken in the Hoo Brook Wood. I have improved contrast courtesy of pair of tights, provided by my wife, stretched over the infrared camera flash to reduce its intensity. Having kept and used polecats as a lad, I have a soft spot for them, and I could tell many stories involving polecats and rats. This one is a real beauty.

Another Hoo Brook otter image!

I found one of my camera traps in withy wood last week, one of two I had misplaced: forgotten where I had placed them. Going through the images this evening I found this one, and you have to wonder what happened next? At first glance I though it was a rat, but I think it’s an otter.

I have 5 camera traps out on the marsh. Mike Averill, a fellow marsher, puts out his single trap on the bank of the River Stour for two nights and bags an otter, a mink, a fox, a badger, and geese. Mike has not sent me the badger image. Just how lucky can a person get? I’m sure it’s beginner’s luck, but you have to hand it to him: he has brought… Read More

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