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Wood mice in Oxfordshire

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Bank vole

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Red grouse on The North Yorkshire moors

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August 2017


Some images from a recent trip onto the North Yorks moors in search of red grouse.There are sevral well known areas which seem to be hot spots for these birds, but in general on most of the small roads through the moors you will find varying numbers of them, some years being better than others (dry spring and early summers when the chicks are small seem to increase survival rates),but this holds true for most of the upland specialities that breed here.
I do find early morning and later in the evening best, as there is less traffic on the roads , which makes it easier when using the car as a hide, during the day the birds move further into the moors,wher it is quieter, it is still possible to stalk them ,but hikers and dog walkers can make this a frustrating job.Year on year the area seems to get noticibly buisier,as it is a very popular area durng summer holidays especially-and recent years have seen a bi…

Red foxes in Oxfordshire

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Red fox -Vulpes vulpes
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The cubs at this site are now fully grown,and readily follow the adults to the food put down for them,it looks like two of the three cubs have survived this far




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