… Latest Sightings

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  1. Dead Badger on Astley lane not far from the Dragline on Sunday , reported by JB, and GV, looked like a roadkill.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — February 20, 2017 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  2. Dead Hedgehog Wakefield Rd just North of Swilly Park, RTA. First Common Frog in garden pond yesterday evening and first Peacock butterfly in garden early afternoon today.

    Comment by John Martin — February 18, 2017 @ 5:53 pm | Reply

  3. Fox on grass bank Lemonroyd Lake watching LT Duck. Common Shrew under wooden board & 2 Toads.

    Comment by pgcoates — February 17, 2017 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

  4. A poached deer presumably Roe was found within the last few day at the Southern end of Hall Lane. Report to Police by local dog walkers. The carcass had been jointed and cleaned.
    Please report any suspicious activity to the Police.

    Comment by John Martin — February 17, 2017 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  5. Fox on hillsiide by zig zag fence. Mink walking a long wall top in front of hide 12.45pm.

    Comment by pgcoates — February 9, 2017 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

  6. A herd of 19 cows on the south bank of Astley Lake this morning was a new addition for the mammal list.

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 3, 2017 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  7. 5 Hare’s running on R & F this morning.

    Comment by pgcoates — February 1, 2017 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

  8. Fox walking across field coach road.

    Comment by pgcoates — January 17, 2017 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

  9. Two Roe Deer in set-aside field at back of Astley on 12 Jan and Three in Temp woods on 13 Jan

    Comment by Gordon — January 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

    • In light of what happened to a Roe Deer on site last year I’m not convinced it’s a very good idea advertising their whereabouts on here.

      Comment by Dave Hunton — January 14, 2017 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

      • I hope that reports of all mammals (except Badgers) are still reported on this site and in the hide. There always will be a small group of people who delight in killing animals. This will continue until their mind set has changed. The alternative is to have the site is policed during darkness.
        The way forward may be to stay vigilant and report anyone with hunting dogs i.e. groups of unleashed dogs to police. Car reg nos and photos would be useful too. This would help to protect not only deer but other resident animals too.
        Please do not challenge these people personally to protect your own safety. Thanks.

        Comment by petegriff — January 26, 2017 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

        • We don’t draw attention to rare breeding birds by advertising their presence on the website and like you say Badgers are also off limits. I personally think we are doing more harm than good by posting sightings of larger mammals on here.

          Comment by Dave Hunton — January 26, 2017 @ 10:13 pm | Reply

          • Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but I disagree, let’s not fall out about it.
            Poachers know where to find prey, I doubt they will bother to use our website to swot up.

            Comment by petegriff — January 27, 2017 @ 12:02 am

  10. Single Roe Deer in the field to the left of Fleakingley Beck.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 2, 2017 @ 10:10 pm | Reply

  11. A Fox walked across fields at the top of the hillside on New Year’s Eve, also a Squirrel in the copse by Skelton Lake (uncommon there).
    On New Year’s Day, four or five Roe Deer on the hillside, two or three behind Astley Lake and two below the plantation, towards dusk.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 1, 2017 @ 7:44 pm | Reply

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