During October a small mammal survey was conducted by Veronica Carnell and her helpers. This produced 19 small mammals ( some probably trapped more than once !! ) of 6 different species. Although this was a ‘one off’ event it is hoped that a regular monitoring process can be established.
By the end of the month the Autumn colours were making Heartwood look great. I managed to arrange one of my visits for a sunny day and even saw several Common Darter dragonflies mating and egglaying over the car park pond.
Wintering bird species numbers have been building up, with the Yellowhammers and Reed Buntings starting to form a flock. Hopefully we will see a return of the Short-eared Owls before long. We know there is plenty of food for them.
If you see any interesting or unusual wildlife at Heartwood Forest, please let me know.
Geoff Horn firstname.lastname@example.org