|Norway Spruce plantation|
|Norway Spruce canopy|
This is an area which normally shows a fairly high incidence of squirrel feeding during the late summer and autumn but the most recent signs I found were at least a month old and mostly green cone feeding from summer and early autumn.
This year has been extremely wet in this area and coupled with an almost non existent hazel crop, it's possible that mortality may be higher than normal.
I've looked, many times for dreys in this plantation and so far had not seen any. This occasion was no exception and as you can see from the images on the left, the tree density makes it an almost impossible task.
The other cameras I set nearby for several days but still no squirrels.
When I returned to collect the cameras I saw where badgers had been turning the ground for earthworms and as you can see in the video composite below, the area was visited by a fox, two badgers and a Pine Marten in a hurry.
The light in the marten shot is the second camera firing. Both cameras are 'black flash' so this is just what the camera can see.
There are also two images of Red Squirrel dreys shown below for reference. These are both about 10 metres of the ground. They are not always this visible.
|Red Squirrel drey in Scots Pine|
|Red Squirrel drey in Norway Spruce|