This week I just returned from my holiday back home in the Netherlands and it was back to business right away! These past few days were busy, but a lot of fun! Thursday night I experienced my very first badger watch and it was a great success 😀 We were with a group of nine people, who were all very interested, and Laura was leading us. Most of us already knew bits and pieces about badgers, but Laura told us her story anyways and I did learn something new. Did you know badgers can dig as fast as a human can with a spade? Around 8 o’clock at night we arrived at the badger set in complete silence. It was such a success, we saw five badgers! Also a few rabbits came by and a deer, that started barking.
The morning after the badger watch we went out with Joe again to look at some moths. The traps were set up the night before around the caravan. It was a lot of fun identifying the different moths and very interesting to get to know bits about the species. Two moths were particularly my favourite!
We also spent two days up at the caravan winching and sawmilling logs. This was very exciting, I have never done something like this before! First we had to put the portable sawmill together and everything had to be in place just right. Then it was winching time! We had to move the logs, weighing around a ton each, to the sawmill so that we just had to roll them in place. The sawmill then sawed the logs into useable pieces of wood, like planks and tree stakes. I must say, I felt very professional using this machine 😛
Every Saturday we are doing public engagement and today the theme was wildlife crime! We got little booklets from the show ‘Live ‘n’ Deadly’ and a nice clue trail was set up in the morning along the boardwalk. Following and figuring out all the clues, it should lead you to the bad guy! Of course with a little thinking on their part 😉 When they get back and they’ve solved the crime they would get a certificate and a badge.
This week a few more wildflower signs were put out! The wildflower trail is looking better and better! Not only the public is learning about wildflowers, but so are we when putting the signs out. The trail is constantly changing, new flowers pop up in places old flowers once were. Check out the wildflower blog to read about the new wildflowers!
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Susanne Maas – Scottish Wildlife Trust
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