January is the peak month of the foxes’ mating season. There is much barking and screaming during evenings on the marsh this month. Throughout last year, I have photographed the marsh foxes hunting as a pair: one worked to keep their prey’s attention, while the other crept-up from behind and made the kill – it is a very effective strategy. The vixen is cautious and timid; the dog fox is brash and… Read More
At just over four acres, the Rhombus Field is a small, but handy-sized compartment. The Flooded Wood Pasture is directly adjacent to its north; the Middle Wood is on its east side, the Tenant Farmer’s Field is on its west side; the South Riverside Pasture and Orchid Field are along its southern boundary. The image suggests dryness and that a carelessly thrown lighted match might set it all alight, but the whole… Read More
The Wilden Marsh volunteers had an excellent workday workout on Sunday. We cleared a year’s worth of willow and alder scrub growth from the South Marsh Entrance Section. We also managed to make a start on reducing the riverbank tree cover without the need for howling chainsaws. The weather was sunny and cold: the perfect winter volunteering conditions. I went onto the marsh yesterday morning, another beautiful day, to clear the mess… Read More
Considering the Rhombus Field is at least 150mm deep in surface water for most of the year, it is surprising how brown the vegetation is now.