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20 January 2015

Wigpool FC/GWT Reserve

Grid Ref SO652195

 

Returning to Wigpool with a large team so lots of birch and willow were removed from the far end of the site which is now a good heathland area.

One of our team spotted a muntjac deer scampering away from us. We also found a nesting box which we think was put up to encourage Willow Tits to the area.

 

 

 

 

 

The larger Wigpool lake was still covered in ice and snow.

 

 

 

 

The team relaxing during a tea break!

Not only are tea breaks required to ease down the considerable effort we put into the work involved on sites, but, they are also a good chance for the team to socialise!

 

 

 

 

Muntjac are the oldest but possibly the least studied and understood of all known deer species, prehistoric in origin with remains dated between 15 and 35 million years.

The population now found in most of southern England is the Reeves' Muntjac (muntiacus reevesi) named after John Reeves, who was an inspector with The East India Tea Company in 1812. Introduction to England by the Duke of Bedford about 1900 is widely accepted as the source of our population.

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