I am not sure how well this post is going to work. Visibility was poor today. It is day two of our Wild Boar hunt and we can’t just stay indoors. If you want to be a Big Game Hunter then you have to be brave.
On the way I want to go and take a photograph of the Elm Trees that we looked at yesterday but we can’t remember where we left them.
We found a hedge and followed that.
What we found was thirty seven videos on the card. Some of the bait had been taken but not all of it. I had baited with raisins and bread. Raisins are invisible and smelly and I had hidden the bread under leaf litter, I could see that some bread had been exposed but not eaten so I didn’t expect to find Boar videos. (We can’t view them until we get home) I suspected Squirrels but decided to leave the camera out for one more night.
We got thirty five videos of Foxes, poor quality and not worth looking at and then this…
I can see what it isn’t. It isn’t a Fox or a Boar. I thought maybe an Alsation Dog or a Big Cat.
It could be anything really but it’s not. It is a Fallow Deer in it’s grey winter coat. Can you tell that it’s grey?
Well I am just going to say that the weather was against us today. The camera is still out there and maybe we will have a clearer night tonight.
Now cast the fog from your mind.
Lamium purpureum, The Red Dead-nettle
The Dead-nettles are so called because although they look a bit like Stinging Nettles they have no sting.
The flower is best described as a corollla, this is the name that we give a flower when it’s petals are fused together to form a tube.
In the UK the flowering season can start as early as February and last until November. In fact this year I took my first pictures of the flowers on the second of February. This makes them very important to wildlife.
Another name for this Dead-nettle is the Bumblebee Flower they are rich in nectar and pollen and much loved by insects.
Species: Lamium purpureum