I know it may look wrong, putting him in a plastic bag, but the aim is to minimise the stress of handling while they are checked over, weighed and recorded and they are not in the bag for long before they go back into the peace and quiet of their woodland home. Once again we were with a licence holder while checking for them (it is illegal to check Dormice boxes or to handle one in the UK without a Natural England licence), so had an expert on hand to help.
I was thrilled to see what is only my second ever Dormouse (you may remember last month's one, and this is a Perfect Excuse to post his picture again....:o) ), and while the picture quality of #2 isn't great at least you can hopefully see the little fellow..
|Dormouse house complete with 'bung' (a duster) we use to block off the hole while we check for occupancy|
|Hazel woodland- prime Dormouse habitat|
|A typical Dormouse nest (the green leaves are a hint that there may be a Dormouse inside)|
|Busy Little Dormouse|
And now, just because we all loved it so much, here is last months (very sleepy) Dormouse again....
I stopped off at one of my favourite Chalk Downlands on the way home to see whether the Chalkhill Blues were out yet. They weren't on the area I checked, although I bumped into a chap who had seen them further down the Hill.
I didn't leave bereft by any stretch of the imagination, clocking up my first Essex Skipper of the year, a Silver Y and some Six-Spot Burnet moths, among others....
|Essex Skipper (distinguished from the very similar Small Skipper by the black undersides of the antennae)|
|Fireweed or Rosebay Willow Herb|
|Goldfinch enjoying seed heads|
|Can you spot the Grasshopper?|
|A very ancient Painted Lady|
|A similarly venerable Red Admiral|
|Red Tailed Bumble|
|Silver Y moth|
|Six-Spot Burnet moth|
|Small Skipper (the undersides of the antennae are coppery colour not black)|
|White Knapweed and two small flying friends|
|Wild Parsnip (the root is highly poisonous)|
I will also have my boy home from Wednesday afternoon. When I got home after Dormouse surveying this morning, he'd made a batch of madelines which smelled divine and tasted pretty darn lovely too. I am looking forward to having six weeks together. When I gave him a hug this morning it was a bit of a shock to realise he is not all that far off my height now, and can wear my shoes and my hoodies too. It won't be that way for long- I have a feeling by this time next year he will have shot past me in height and the hints of deep voice that are there now will be a permanent fixture. Where does the time go?
Hope you enjoyed the little Dormouse and are all having an Especially Lovely weekend. Thanks for reading my dears,