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7 November 2017

Wigpool FC/GWT Reserve

Grid Ref SO652195

 

A return to Wigpool to carry on with birch and willow removal. As usual, so far this season, the heavens opened and we all got drenched but the two good fires kept us warm whilst our wet waterproofs were steaming off next to them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lake is very low and it is the first time most of us have seen it so muddy - we don't know why.

See the photo of how it looked last time we were here in January -

 

(Wigpool 24 January 2017)

 

 

 

 

This is a Harvest Mouse nest

The Harvest Mouse (Micromys minutus) is a small rodent native to Europe and Asia. It is the smallest rodent in Europe.

It lives in long, tussocky grassland, reedbeds, hedgerows and around woodland edges.

Nests are spherical and made of tightly woven grass and are elevated from the ground in tall grasses.

The summer breeding nests are the size of an orange

 

 

 

 

One of the large fires. The birch removed had formed a dense copse which the Hebridean sheep (which will be moved onto the site soon) find hard to move through.