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Badgers

A challenging year observing, and trying to protect our badgers. 

Wild Birds

14 March 2016

A picture taken of Long-tailed Tits on a feeder in Blackberry Lane, Four Marks..   These delightful, small birds are one of the most enchanting groups of birds which visit garden feeders throughout the year.   They are particularly fond of fat balls which can be purchased from most garden centres or hardware shops. Barn Owls:  11 […]

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Hedgehogs

14 March 2016

Hedgehogs:  14 March, 2016.  The plight of this lovely small mammal has now become dire.   The People’s Trust for Endangered Species are working with the Hedgehog Preservation Society, and have set up ‘Hedgehog Street’, to encourage householders and developers to provide connectivity between gardens in towns, villages and most importantly on new developments. No […]

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Yellow-necked Mouse

20 July 2012

The Yellow-necked Mouse [Apodemus flavicollis] has been identified in the village of Four Marks in Badger Close and in The Shrave, and is now a Village Protected Species as we note that numbers recorded in Hampshire are very low.   It is well known that Dormice [Muscardinus avellanarius] are a protected species, and although rare, were […]

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Dormice

16 July 2012

The presence of Dormice was noted in an ecological survey on the SINC, and surrounding area in Four Marks, prior to development of the Barratt site off the A31.  We are aware that Dormice are also present in Brislands Lane and Gradwell Lane following hazelnut searches. 

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Violet Helleborine, Rare Orchid

30 June 2012

  Violet Helleborine Four Marks  A rare orchid, the Violet Helleborine [Epipactis Purpurata], was discovered in Alton Lane, Four Marks, Hampshire,  in 2008.  Unfortunately very few plants survived in this area.   White posts designating the verge as a ‘Wild flower’ verge were put in place in May 2011.  We noted that a few plants were visible […]

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Butterflies and Moths

13 May 2012

The largest number of species of butterflies were identified during the Wildlife Survey for Four Marks, in meadowland, part of the ‘Reserve Site’, i.e. land off Brislands Lane (see EHDC website, planning application number 52501/001, for information on the development proposed for this field/meadowland).

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Watercress Line

Watercress Line

13 May 2012

One of the most important wildlife corridors is the railway line (Watercress Line).  Ian submitted a Wildlife Survey for this very important area and noted the Red Kite, amongst many birds noted in the area. 

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The Red Kite

13 May 2012

The Red Kite undoubtedly remains one of the great success stories since a number of birds were reintroduced to areas in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire, Gateshead and Grizedale Forest, Cumbria.   Concerns were raised back in 1903 when individuals were horrified by the destruction of kites, decided to try and protect nests. 

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Hedgehogs: (Erineaceus europaeus) An endangered species!

13 May 2012

We have been working with ‘Hedgehog Street’ over the last twelve months to encourage residents and developers to ensure adequate space is made at the bottom of fences, and under gateways, etc., for hedgehogs to move easily between gardens. 

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Swelling Hill

13 May 2012

In 2013 a large amount of frogspawn was seen in the pond, and the amount increased in 2014 and 2015.   We noted a large number of tadpoles in the Spring of 2015 and hoped for a larger than average number of frogs.  This developed was sadly marred by a number of small children playing […]

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