Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Mustelids more or less!

Farmers tell me badgers have never been commoner here in Pembrokeshire, and without going into the proposed cull debate, there are signs of them all over the place even if most of the ones I see are dead on road verges. So if a large common animal is relatively hard to see I should not be surprised that the Weasel I saw during the week on the road to Strumble was one of only two or three I can remember seeing in the past few years. Polecats are more often seen dead on the road rather than alive, three live sightings I can remember... Then there are Otters, reading Henry Williamsons "Tarka" and Gavin Maxwells "Ring of Bright Water" as a kid was part of the pathway that led me into this infatuation with wildlife that has strenghthened through the years. Today an otter in the surf and swell off the Lighthouse at Strumble. Commonly seen at Bosherstone and other places, I suppose someone will want to cull otters soon!

1 comment:

  1. One can fairly accurately time the annual badger birth period by the rise in badger road casualties as the gravid sows throw last years Hurray Henries out of the family home as they see them as a potential threat to the new born.

    Nigel Ajax