The manure heap on Lymes Road has been spread over the fields and has left a scrape - exciting for Keele as we have nothing like it elsewhere - we await the rare birds dropping in! Meanwhile we had to be satisfied with 10+ Skylarks, 15+ Meadow Pipits , 10+ Pied Wagtails and c150 Stock Doves.
At last - a Red Sword-grass! A new moth for Keele and for me too - although I have seen other people's. Also Blair's Shoulder-knot, 4/5 Red-green Carpets, 2 Chestnuts, 2 Angleshades, 2 Yellow-line Quakers and a Feathered Thorn. Not bad given the howling gale!
Our Year 3 Bioconservation Students were trapping small mammals in the Walled Garden. They were surprisingly successful with 3 Bank Voles and 7 Field Voles. The evening before, when setting the traps, they noticed a number of bats circling the moth trap! The traps a filled with straw bedding and food so the mammals are comfortable until they weighed and released unharmed the next morning.
|Preparing to weigh a Field Vole prior to release|
|Longworth mammal traps - there's food and bedding inside|
|Emptying a mammal trap|
Three November Moths and a Yellow-line Quaker today. 20 Redwings flew overs and 4 Jays - there is a shortage of acorns so Jays are frantically looking for food and are particularly visible at the moment.