Too much rotting organic matter, such as leaves and other dead vegetation, resting on the pond bottom reduces water oxygen levels and is detrimental to pond wildlife. The steep bank on the left contributes to the pond high nutrient levels, too. However, some dead organic matter is useful as a substrate for plants and invertebrates. The best time to rake out a pond is autumn, before wildlife and minibeasts go into hibernation… Read More
Red, the north marsh dog fox, calls on the badgers to ask for their help with the Wilden Marsh Christmas preparations. Mr and Mrs Badger appear not to be at home. Red notices fresh badger poo in the latrine outside the sett and thinks the badgers are hiding from him; he rushes back and forth trying to catch them out..
It’s around six weeks since I posted an otter video, and that’s because I haven’t put OtterCam out since then, but I’ve seen quite a few otters on Wilden Marsh in the meantime. Last evening I setup OtterCam on a random part of the River Stour bank. I was interested to know how long it would be before an otter turned up in front of the camera. The answer is two hours…. Read More
Yesterday the cattle moved themselves out of the Orchid Field and back into the Rhombus Field, so I moved them on into the Tenant Farmer’s Field. In the TF Field this morning, I found this fox playing roundup with the herd. The cattle were totally oblivious to the fox’s game.
I was down on the marsh this morning, otter watching. The River Stour is low, flat calm, and fairly clear. Six otters swam in circles, underwater. I think there is a holt in the riverbank, because the otters were disappearing under the bank vegetation and not coming up for air. Now and again one would surface, but there was no indication of when or where, and their time on the surface was… Read More