Foot prints in the snow – Answers

We’ve had some very creative suggestions to the mystery animal tracks, including Fox, Wallaby and the illusive Jabberwocky. Well here are the answers with some ideas to help identify them.

Animal 1 is a Rabbit hopping slowly. When they’re charging around at speed then the larger hind feet land in front of the forefeet.

Animal 1

Animal 2 is a Badger. On the photo I’ve overlaid the rough outline of the pads and claws, including the other left toe print which is hidden. Badgers have toe pads almost in a row with a large kidney-shaped palm pad. This is a forefoot because of the clear impressions of the long claws used for digging. The snow last week gave us a very low tech way of surveying our Badger setts to check on activity.

Animal 2 footprint

Animal 3 is a Human pulling a sled, with the twin runners making a pair of parallel tracks on the right of the photo. Ok it’s a bit of a leap, but I couldn’t resist.

Animal 3

Animal 4 is a Dog, with a triangular palm pad print and obvious claw marks. This is from a medium-sized dog, but obviously the print size varies greatly.

Animal 4

Animal 5 is a Fox, which can appear similar to an equally sized dog. The palm pad is much smaller than on a dogs and you can also draw a cross without touching any of the pads.  Fox tracks are usually seen in a row along a route, rather than a dog leaping around.

Animal 5 footprint

Animal 6 is a bird, which looks about the right size for the Thrush Family, such as Blackbird or Fieldfare.

Animal 6

Why not keep an eye out for animal tracks when you’re out and about?

Senior Ranger Stuart

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The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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