Sunday, 28 March 2010
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Below is a link to a newspaper article I supplied to the local press, it has been slightly changed and edited.
My main purpose was to try and dismiss the fears that some have regarding our native snakes as just rumours and folklore. I hope it helps to save a few!
I usually find between 2 and 5 dead snakes within my reptile sites throughout the Forest of Dean. This figure may not seem high, but it is when both the adder and grass snake are in decline and are both protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Schedule 5 from Trade, Injury and Killing!
http://www.forest-and-wye-today.co.uk/tn/news.cfm?id=10365&headline=Black adder goes forth
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
A short film below from 21st March 2010. Reptiles in the Forest of Dean. This clip has been edited down from over 35min of footage. So not to disturb the reptiles, I focus my camera on them and move away, this way I capture their natural behaviour!
Hope you like?
Monday, 22 March 2010
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Lucky to come away with a few keepers!
This bird is the reason we have the RSPB today. The RSPB was formed in the 19th century to protect the Great Crested Grebe as it was hunted to near extinction, for its head feathers!
Monday, 15 March 2010
The last image is of a common male adder.
Melanism is the occurrence of an increased amount of dark pigmentation in the skin, which is also evident in feathers, hair and even the eyes.
It is the opposite of albinism.
Sunday, 14 March 2010
While photographing the frogs I kept looking at the spawn, wondering how long it could survive out of water.
I didn't know the answer to this so I moved it carefully back into the water. It may rain tonight and all may have been fine, but I didn't want to take the risk!
Last year this same pond was full and the spawn was all submerged or floating in the water, but this year is totally different!
Here are some pics taken at the pond over the last couple of days.
Friday, 12 March 2010
Sounds bizarre? It gets worse. Once the male frogs have been turned into females, they can breed successfully with other males. The problem is, because the converted frogs are genetically male and they are breeding with another male, all their offspring will be male!
The true male frogs will have no idea, so they will think they have successfully mated, when in fact they have contributed towards their species demise!
The most common Trade Name for this chemical is AAtrex, but other trade names include...
00045 (CA DPR Chem Code) , 080803 (US EPA PC Code) , 1,3,5-Triazine-2,4-diamine, 6-chloro-N-ethyl-N'-(1-methylethyl)- , 1-Chloro-3-ethylamino-5-isopropylamino-2,4,6-triazine , 1912-24-9 (CAS Number) , 1912249 , 1912249 (CAS Number) , 2-Chloro-4-(ethylamino)-6-(isopropylamino)-s-triazine , 2-Chloro-4-(propylamino)-6-ethylamino-s-triazine , 3-(N-Butyl-N-acetyl)aminopropionic acid , 305 (PDP Code) , 45 (CA DPR Chem Code) , 6-chloro-N2-ethyl-N4-isopropyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-diamine , A 361 , AAtram, component of (with 019101) , AAtrex , Aktikon , Aktikon PK , Aktinit A , Aktinit PK , Argezin , Atazinax , Atranex , Atrataf , Atratol , Atrazin , Atrazina , Atrazine , Atrazine , Atrazine (ANSI) , Atrazine plus related active triazines , Azinotox 500 , Candex , Cekuzina-T , Crisazina , Cyazine , Farmco Atrazine , Fenamin , Fenatrol , G 30027 , Gesaprim , Griffex , Guardsman herbicide (080803+129051) , Hungazin , Hungazin PK , Inakor , Oleogesaprim , Primatol A , Primaze , Radazine , s-Triazine, 2-chloro-4-(ethylamino)-6-(isopropylamino)- , Shell Atrazine Herbicide , Strazine , Sutazine +, component of (with 041405) , Triazine A 1294 , Vectal SC , Weedex , Weedex A , Wonuk , Zeazin , Zeazine
If you use pesticides, please check the brand on-line to make sure it has no devastating affects on our wildlife!
Look at the "W" listings above. Recognise the name Weedex? You should do as it is a very common brand in the UK!
I am sure that by now you are all aware that it wouldn't take long for the frogs to breed the true females out and then when the males die, the species will die with them!
This sight may one day be lost forever from our ponds if we don't act now!
PS: This is not scaremongering, it is fact!
Thursday, 11 March 2010
It is a wood mouse and it was running around on some grass not far from me and a friend, so we stood still and watched it for a few seconds before I hit the dirt!
I have had plenty of elbow stalking practice lately with the deer, so I went for it.....
Closer and closer I got and it was still sat there munching on its biscuit! I actually got so close my phone could not focus and this is the picture.
It was still sat there munching away when we left, amazing!
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
This young doe took ages to walk out between the trees, but patience sometimes pays off.
I was too impatient and this was my second shot, I spooked him with the first!
This was about the best angle and as close as I could get without spooking him. He was dozing nicely and he scared himself a couple of times, making himself jump.
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
I found three fallow deer doe's lazing under a tree in the spring sunshine, chewing the cud while struggling to keep their eyes open.
It's always nice to see wildlife acting natural and this is one of a series of photographs, which shows her slowly closing her eyes for a mid morning nap!
Monday, 8 March 2010
Friday, 5 March 2010
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Never mind, will give me an excuse to do it again tomorrow, if the weather lets me that is.
This is the duck I need identifying please.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Monday, 1 March 2010
If either of the two rangers read this, please comment or email me with the details of the gentleman for me to contact. As neither of us had a pen I was unable to note his name and I have forgotten it.
I already survey for NARRS, but if the FC were also aware of my adder hot spots, it would be extremely beneficial for the snakes.
Well the sun was blazing and there was only one thought in my head. Adders!
Here he is...
Cole tit soaking up the sun
Lucky little Nuthatch
A male Chaffinch trying to work out what the bright orange this is in the sky!