Well, what with me away in Shetland for 10 days, it has been over 2 weeks since I have been at Yew View. As you can imagine, with all the rain we have been having, the site is very green and lush and the wildflower turf we put in this year is looking amazing!
Sadly, just a few days after I left for Shetland, the River Severn rose over 5′ at night, drowning both our Bushnell and the HD wired camera that we had at the otter holt. This camera has been bringing us an amazing insight into the comings and going of the local otter family. The camera had recorded up until the water went over it, so I was still able to extract some footage, shooing the male visiting on a few occasions and also possibly, the 2 cubs, now out and about on their own….
A young grey heron also made an appearance!
We are very keen to get a camera back in this location, but we are going to design and construct a floating platform for it, so that we do not lose another one in flash floods! This may take a few weeks, but I hope to be back bringing you updates of the Yew View otters very soon!
The badgers have been active both in the original artificial sett and still checking out our new one.
This clip is interesting as it shows the badger actually pulling up clumps of fresh grass to take down the sett for bedding…
The youngsters are also quite playful, often tumbling and playing around the sett entrances..
A bonus species at the sett entrances has been a beautiful Muntjac…