The 1st half of Rem M started off the year's projects this Friday (2013.9.6) by searching for signs of the presence of the muntjac deer in the reserve. Though the cameras returned no extra footage of the deer themselves, the group observed possible bite and scratch marks on a fallen log, as well as disruption to the ground caused by foraging along a known deer path. See below for their records, including badger burrows alongside the main path in the woodland, a broken egg-shell, and a sketch-map of the locations and features passed and observed.
2013.9.6 (14:45 approx) near site 10
"tree bark on the ground which had bite and scratch marks on it"
2013.9.6 (between 14:15 and 14:40) ~200 yds from uprooted tree (see map)
Sheharyar Khan & Freddie Crawford
"4 badger sett holes and small burrow marks and diggings from foraging. Ground was upturned".
Broken Egg Shell
2013.9.6 (14:40 approx), main path
Ben Coward & Jaydon Gill
"about half the size of a ping-pong ball; it looks to have been eaten at the side. We don't think it could have hatched because it split in half and the hole was too small".
2013.9.6 (15:00), trail leading to site 10
Hardeep Kalsi & Sulaymaan Khalil
"bite marks on the cap... rotten and soggy!"
The 'deer cameras' at sites 8 and 10 were checked, and site 8 returned footage of what seemed to be the same fox passing by on 2013.9.4 (20:15) and 2013.9.6 (4:06); a badger was also observed to pass by at 2013.9.6 (3:36) [records by Jake Johnstone & Zhangqu Chen].
The map below shows the route followed and the observations made.
Map of Woodland