Sunday, 18 July 2010

Sunday 18th July 2010

Off patch again, on a prebooked trip to the Downs above Burham to go on a 'Dormouse Discovery' walk organised by Valley of Visions and hosted by warden Dave Watson of Kent Wildlife Trust

Dave escorted us to a number of site explaining KWTs approach to habitat restoration and the requirements and of Dormice in the UK.  We ended by inspecting a number of nesting boxes and the last one (phew!) turned up a small (15g) Dormouse, and what a cutie she was!  After weighing she was returned safely to her box. 

Also seen on the walk were a Common Buzzard, Silver-Y moth, Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars, numerous grasshoppers and bush-crickets and even some Deadly Nightshade.  A fantastic and very informative morning, topped off by sight of another Sparrowhawk harassing another Common Buzzard as we travelled back home down Blue Bell Hill.

Ken, I reckon I could just about see your house from here!


Warren Baker said...

Ive never seen a dormouse Adam, perhaps one day.

You should have been able to see Kens house from there, it's huge :-)

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Adam.
Everyone loves Dormice,
don't they?
If I had known you was looking in my direction I would have gone into the garden and given you a wave.
Also, if Warren thinks my home is huge then someone has been telling him porkies :-) I reckon Warrens shed is bigger than my home.