After playing host/chauffeur for best part of a week to visitors from Australia , I was really pleased to be out and about again , and already , the Dormouse/Reptile survey up on the Greensand Ridge was due . Once again , I was very pleased to have the assistance of Phil/Sharp by Nature and Terry , both of whom were out on the last survey , when 19 animals were found . The good news from that survey was that all the boxes that contained families one month ago were found empty this time , with all youngsters hopefully now finding their own ways in the big outside world . The first 50 boxes , which produced a singleton and two families , totalling 9 animals , today produced a singleton , and a very young family of a female and 6 youngsters , which were probably no older than a week old . The family were just counted and returned to their box , with the hope that the weather stays fair and gives them a chance to put enough weight on to ensure a successful hibernation . The second site , which produced 10 animals on the last survey , produced 14 animals this time . Both families found
The reptile survey didn't produce the numbers recorded last month , probably due to cooler nights , but 19 Slow Worms , 1 female Adder , 5 Grass Snakes and 5 Common Lizards , all made in into the book . Two Common Buzzards were seen at the second site , but overall , bird sightings were few .
The second site also produced 7-10 Small Copper butterflies , and amongst them were a couple of abberations of the species . The first was an individual that didn't have the copper band across the
Another good day , which hopefully means that six families will be around next season , and make next season's figures even better . Many thanks to Phil and Terry for their help and good company on a most satisfying day .
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