The first 50 Dormouse boxes produced just 4 occupied ones .
A Yellow-necked Mouse was in one . This particular specimen had two ticks on it , one can be seen behind the right ear .
I was really looking forward to this box , as last survey , it contained a 15gm. male , and a plump 22gm. female . Today it contained 5 juvenile Dormice , each weighing 9gm. , just about ready to leave the box . No adult in the box , probably too noisy and cramped .An adult male was found in another box .The other 20 boxes at the other site produced just one occupied box , but it was by an adult female and 6 juveniles , each of the youngsters weighing in at 7gm.
The Reptiles were very few at the first two sites , with just a few Slow Worms being recorded .
Eventually at the third site , a female Adder was found in the same spot as on the last survey .
The last site was by far best , with 6 Adders , 5 males like the one above , and a single female being recorded . None of the Adders found today were under refugia , but were found within 5 metres of the refugia .
5 Grass Snakes were also recorded at the last site , 1 adult and 4 juveniles , 3 of which were under refugia . Just 2 Speckled Wood butterflies were recorded all day , but a Silver Y was found at the last site .
Apart from the Dormice and Reptiles , vast amounts of fungi were found , and I mean vast .
Fly Agaric-Amanita muscaria numbers alone were well over 200 on a conservative count .
Some other interesting species were also found , and as we are unlikely to find much wildlife with machinery running tomorrow , I will post today's finds then .