Although we have set times for undertaking surveys, following recommended survey methodologies or Best Practice Guidance, that doesn’t stop the keen-eyed Ecologist from recording species outside of the main survey “season”. All of these incidental sightings are very important in building up a picture of the wildlife that use a particular site.
One example of this is terrestrial mammals. The main survey season for this is during the winter, when vegetation has died down a bit and tracks and signs are most obvious. But the mammals are there all year around, as the two videos here show, taken by INIS Ecologists over the past few weeks, of a badger and two very small fox cubs.
The lesson here…
Always keep your eyes open as you never know what you might see! Oh, and always make sure your phone battery is well charged so that you can capture the beauty of nature when the opportunity arises!