Thursday, 16 April 2015
Clues on a tree stump
Can you see this hazel nut, which I found balanced on top of a small tree stump? There is a hole in it with tiny tooth marks round the edge. It can't be a squirrel because they split the nutshell open. And it's not totally round so it won't be a dormouse. Anyway, dormice are unlikely to have colonised our woods as they find it difficult to migrate.
So it could be a vole or a woodmouse. Here's a useful chart from the People's Trust for Endangered Species.
Unfortunately my photo is not clear enough to see the toothmarks so I shall have to go back and see if the nut is still there in the coppice plantation.
But I am pretty sure we have voles and woodmice at Filnore - and squirrels, of course.