Today , up on the Greeensand Ridge , it was time again for the monthly Dormouse and Reptile survey , 70 Dormouse boxes and 30 pairs of refugia to be checked .
At the first site , the remnants of Spring's Bluebells were waiting for us , or any other passer by , to broadcast their seeds , to ensure another blue carpet next year . As we brushed by , the sound of the seeds being thrown from their pods could be heard all around .
We had anticipated a poor day for Reptiles being so humid , but we finished with 6 Adders and an equal 6 Slow Worms , without a single Common Lizard or Grass Snake . But the stars of the day were the Dormice . In one box , we found two young specimens , 'Pinkies' with no fur and still with closed eyes , probably no more than 2/3 days old , together with their very active mother , hence no hand held shots , but no sign of the father .
Right down at the far end of the run of boxes , a semi-torpid female , with eyes open , and getting more active by the second .
Heading back up the slope , another family , once again , mother and four young , starting to colour up , and probably about ten days old , still with closed eyes .
When we got to the second site , 20 boxes , we found an even younger family of four young with both parents , but being in a windy spot , we just counted the young and didn't remove them from their nest , but they couldn't have been more than a day old .
In total , 5 adults and 10 young , lets hope all the youngsters make it to adulthood .
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