Secret wildlife

This year in early Spring we had motion-sensor wildlife cameras set-up on site to see some of the more elusive wildlife that lives or roams in the arboretum. Below are some of the best images we captured.

Roe deer

A lovely shot of a pair of our native, dainty Roe deer. Both males and females have this characteristic white rump. Throughout the arboretum we find deer tracks, signalling their routes through the site. They are herbivores, ruminating on ferns and grasses, and the shoots and leaves of trees – they are why we put good fencing around our young, newly-planted trees!

Muntjac deer

Muntjac are not a native deer but are now widespread in the UK since being brought from China in the early 20th Century. They are a small and stocky species of deer. The male (as in the photo) has a striped face and small antlers. Like the roe deer, they like to munch on leafy greens.

Fox

Whilst we are all familiar with foxes – especially since they have become more widespread in urban areas – they are shy animals. This one was captured on camera scavenging at dusk. They’ll eat almost anything, including fruits and berries, insects and worms, small birds and mammals, and scraps left by humans.

Badger

A lovely badger sniffing out some worms (or snails or slugs perhaps). Whilst earthworms are the core of their diet, later in the year they’ll also forage for berries.

Pheasant

Both a male and a less-showy female pheasant have been captured on the cameras. The pheasant is not a native species, but has been around for about a thousand years, since being introduced as a game bird.

A private moment

And finally… pair of mating muntjac deer