The second outing of the term (Fri 2013.9.13) was made by the 1st half of Rem W, who likewise set out to observe evidence for badger activity at the sett alongside the main path, and recordings of the muntjac deer at two sites at the top of the reserve (sites 8 and 10).
The first two images show recent excavation at the path-side sett, where the impression of badger prints could also be found. It is hoped that clearer examples of prints may be found in coming weeks, in damper mud.
As for the deer, this third image shows the environs of site 8, including the camouflaged trail camera. The site's location has proved valuable for capturing passing and foraging deer, and during the last week returned 4 videos of muntjac deer from Sun 15th & Mon 16th Sept; in one, two individuals are seen together. Full records are able to view on the new Wildlife Log page, together with those of other current 'target' species. For the second consecutive week, however, site 10 returned nothing worth recording, and so has been discontinued.
Some smaller observations made during the afternoon are given below, with pupils' notes:
2013.9.13 (p.m.), top of main path
Sahil Bashir & Rushi Dasoondi
"One particular forage area contained bulbs, some of which had been half-eaten. Imprints on bulbs of teeth may show what animal..."
Rayyan & Bilal
"The oak leaf seems to be infected with gall mites. The leaf is covered with light and dark brown irregular outgrowing spots. They grow on the leaf (not part of the leaf) and are packed very closely together".