Last Saturday Moor Green Lakes Group members joined Camberley Natural History Society members for a small mammal trapping session, led by Blackwater Valley Countryside’s own Bernard Baverstock.
The live capture traps are designed not to harm. They contain tasty treats and are placed in a way that they should stay dry.
On Friday Bernard set the 45 traps along the Northern bank of Colebrook Lake North and caught seven animals. Six of these were Wood Mice, three of each sex, and one a Common Shrew! All the Wood Mice were in fine condition, one was pregnant and the others were just coming into breeding condition.
Though the visitors (15) outnumbered the trapped animals, most likely due to the wet weather, it was still a pleasant morning to be discovering our smaller mammals.
A special thanks from Bernard to Mary, Grant and Chris who helped setting up and to the other people who came and helped on the Saturday.
Acting Countryside Ranger Jenny