|Jay on Avenue searching for acorns|
|Female roe deer on Avenue in search of acorns|
With the good summer we had this year many trees and shrubs have produced good crops of berries and these will provide food for both mammals and birds. Badgers take advantage of this alternative food supply and many are busy gorging on yew berries. Look out for their latrine sites (there are a number on the Avenue) and you may see some of their droppings contain mostly yew seeds. Birds, such as thrushes, also feed on berries and can strip a bush or tree bare within hours. Look out also for the first of the year's fieldfares and redwings arriving to join in the feasting.
|Badger dropping containing undigested yew berries and seeds|
|Redwing a common winter visitor|