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21 January 2020

Edgehills Bog GWT Nature Reserve

Grid Ref SO660154

 

 

We had the most glorious day at Edgehills. It was cold and frosty but there was no wind and the sun shone down at us all day. We continued to clear small birch and a large team were spread out over the region. The heathland restoration across the site is really looking good now.

 

 

 

 

Starting one of the fires whilst others were cutting and dragging the birch over.

 

 

 

 

This frozen pond is in the middle of the site and it is a fenced pond as it is a very well inhabited wildlife area for amphibians, reptiles and dragonflies.

However, it was getting encroached by large gorse and birch so we removed all that to give the creatures space to move.

 

 

 

 

 

Muntjac Deer (dead)

As we were leaving the site we found this Muntjac dead under some foliage. On inspection by our GWT Ranger, it would appear that the deer had been pierced by a branch between his back legs. He had not been dead for long.

Muntjac are a small but stocky species of deer that stand at around 0.44 to 0.52m tall at the shoulder. When fully grown males (bucks) weigh between 10 to 18kg as adults and females (does) weigh 9 to16kg. By comparison an average adult man in Britain is 1.77m high and weighs 79kg.

Muntjac are a russet brown colour for most of the year, turning to a dull grey in winter. Muntjac were brought from China to Woburn Park in Bedfordshire in the early 20th century. They are now widespread and increasing in number and range.

Muntjac like deciduous or coniferous forests, preferably with a diverse understorey.

 

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