Mammals

Mammals in the Dane Meadow

Apart from the numerous dogs and their owners who are frequently to be found there, the Dane Meadow is home to a few wild mammals as well.  You may have to be quiet and patient to see them – dawn or dusk is probably the best time.

The Grey Squirrel

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You can find many grey squirrels in the Dane Meadow and they are easily identifiable by their grey bushy tail and body. The woodland is the best habitat for the grey squirrel as it provides plenty food and shelter. They live and rear their young in nests which are hidden in high branches as these provide protection from the weather and a place to rear their young.

The Fox

fox

A number of foxes have been spotted at the Dane Meadow, with characteristic of red fur and a bushy tail tipped with white. They are solitary mammals who have a wide diet from other small rodents to fruit and vegetables.

The Badger

badger

Badgers are easily distinguished due to their silvery grey fur and striking black and white markings on their faces. Badgers live in setts, networks of underground tunnels and chambers, which are commonly dug into slopes in shaded areas such as woodlands. At night, badgers are the most active as this is the time they forage for food.

The Wild Rabbit

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Rabbit’s are very sociable mammals and so live in groups in large burrows known as warrens.  Rabbits like to graze and feed close to their warren, mainly at night. The only other time they may come out of their burrow is at dawn and dusk, although some wild rabbits have been spotted during the day.

The Shrew

shrew

There are two different types of shrews that can be found in the Dane Meadow. The common shrew  is a chocolate brown colour with a rounded head, tiny ears and a long pointed muzzle, which is constantly twitching and sniffing as it searches for food. The pygmy shrew is the smaller of the two species. The pygmy shrew is a lot smaller than the common shrew and has a slightly longer tail in relation to body length, and a more domed head. Although there are many of them,  neither are seen very often as they prefer to forage under long grass, brambles and debris.

 


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