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Sunday, 12 September 2010 11:02

Having spent many occasions watching foxes (Vulpes vulpes) it never ceases to astound me how diverse their diet can be. I have often seen them hunting small mammals in the snow crusted fields, listening intently to their prey before pouncing.

Foxes like to do their toilet and deposit the faeces, or scat, on raised areas so that their scent is spread further by the wind. I’ve often found fresh scat on the large round bails the day after the bailer has been round – they are never shy to miss an opportunity.

Sunday, 05 September 2010 08:34

altAs one of the most common trees in the United Kingdom it comes as no surprise that the ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) graces nearly all of our local woodlands here in Mid-Kent. The ash tree not only provides us with excellent wood for making craft items, tool handles, furniture, etc. but it also provides us with pendulous clusters of seeds, called keys, which we can pickle. For best results the ash keys are best harvested before they develop “stringy” fibres - so there is only a small window of opportunity to harvest them at their best, we tested ours by snapping them.