Sunday, 3 June 2012

An Otter Holt and a Red Squirrel

Our rangers have been busy installing an otter holt in a bankside by the river.  The holt consists of a pre-formed square plastic chamber with two separate entrances vice rigid plastic pipes.  The holt was dug into the bankside and completely covered with the excavated soil - lots of strenuous digging and back-filling but well worth the effort if it provides a safe haven for the elusive but charming otter.

Plastic chamber for otter holt


Ranger Vicky digs hole for chamber


Ranger Phil digs channel for second pipe
  

I set up a motion sensored video camera overlooking a badger sett recently having scattered a handful of peanuts around one of the entrances.  Footage was captured of a pair of badgers and also an inquisitive fox but the highlight was a short sequence of a red squirrel - proof at least that these delightful squirrels are still present at Gibside.


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2 comments:

  1. Great to see the red squirrel footage. Glad to see they are still holding on, last one I saw up there was four years ago crossing the track not far from the octagonal pond, will continue to keep a look out whenever I visit. Excellent.

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    1. Thanks Alan

      Do keep looking and please report any sightings.

      Phil

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