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Mike Averill sent me this image of otter Spraint containing perch scales that he found at the River Stour downstream weir. Thanks Mike.

This badger visited OtterCam 15 times during last night and this morning. Mind you, OtterCam might have been visited by 15 different badgers overnight; they all look the same to me.

Last year we improved Hoobrook Pasture, by removing most of the invasive trees and scrub. We were rewarded with an invasion of Himalayan balsam early this year. Although the cattle ate the balsam, my camera traps recorded minimal animal activity, until now: 40 minutes of fox and badger activity was recorded on Thursday night/Friday morning.

It was dark, mild, and wet on the marsh this morning, and just about showing a glimmer of dawn when I returned home for breakfast. Of the two camera traps I am monitoring at the moment, only RatCam had captured action overnight. The camera’s IR lighting is all over the place on this video: a sign that the batteries need replacing, perhaps. Maybe the lighting adds to the grimness of the subject; although, I think the brown rat… Read More

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