Monday, 14 March 2011

A Few Days Out

The following is a collection of my days out in my local woods with Neil. We had a day focused on tracking and i had a day out with with my dog ben identifying a few wild plants.

Pine cones on the laft gnawed by a squirrel and on the right by wood mouse which has a much smoother appearance than that of the squirrel gnawed cone
Bark stripped by deer
Roe deer droppings 10-14mm long and 7-10mm wide
A fairly old skull of a young roe deer you can see the Y shaped knitting of the skull with the two small antler buds clearly visible
A fresh sparrow wing from a fresh kill
And the culprit was good enough to leave us something to id the predator...
.... which was of course a sparrowhawk its pellet 2-4 cm long and consisting of firmly matted small feathers
Sparrow wing again

More barking  by deer in these next few photos and not to be confused with fraying. In barking the animal eats the bark leaving tooth marks, while fraying leaves scratches in bark and wood caused by the antlers
Daffodil Narcissus pseudonarcissus
Ramsons Allium ursinum
Lords and Ladies Arum maculatum
Common Reedmace, Bulrush Typha latifolia
Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica
Unknown feel free to edit here
Scarlet elf cup Sarcoscypha coccinea
Common Puffball Lycoperdon perlatum

David Kennedy


  1. Excellent post Davy very interesting sign by the deer mate. Great photo of the arum !

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  3. Hey looking forward to meeting you blokes at the next meet. Great tracking knowledge on display there lads.


  4. Hi.

    The unknown seedling is showing its seedling leaves or seedling cotyledons. These are the leaves which first emerge from the seed and the final leaves may not be anything like that, confusing huh! Looks a bit like birch seed leaves but the little notch in the end threw me.

  5. Was a good few days out!

    Still have to get to the factory guys if you are all still up for it, not this weekend but next?

  6. Yes lets get that sorted asap!

  7. i am missing out on the factory visit. oh well another time