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A bad omen? Another otter?

I took delivery last week of eight new khaki Campbell ducks to augment the eight I already have and to replace nine killed by an otter over the winter. I had persuaded the otter to move on by removing its … Continue reading

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Reduce buzzards by 80% and feed sparrowhawks turnips

A VERY SHORT CHAPTER FROM WILDLIFE DETECTIVE A radio chat show prompts a discussion about the emotive issue of winged predators and why people should learn to live in peace with them if not love them. Birds of prey are … Continue reading

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Buzzards, Nora wellies and a midden!

My first jobs in the morning are to fill the bird and squirrel feeders, then let my 15 khaki Campbell ducks out of their shed and clean it out. At this time of the year all of this is carried … Continue reading

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Christmas casualties

Christmas should be a time of joy, but that principle is not always observed by nature. Or indeed by those who interfere with nature. In respect of two of the casualties I count myself in the latter group. I have … Continue reading

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Tracks in the snow

  I hate snow! I used to like it when I was at primary school a long time ago but now I much prefer it to be on Christmas cards. That said it reveals much about the presence of wildlife … Continue reading

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The fecundity of mice

Fecund: ‘fertile or capable of producing many offspring’ says the dictionary. Most folks know of the rate that rabbits, rats and mice can breed. Rats can easily have 50 young per year, with their offspring breeding at an alarmingly young … Continue reading

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The duck killer identified

It’s difficult to get on with any work with these wee squirrels around. I watch them for hours and I’m gradually getting better at distinguishing the main two that come to the garden (I’ve only once seen three so this … Continue reading

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