Frogs And A Muntjac To Date

So, I can now confirm that the two acre wood is ours. The deeds have been signed, the monies paid, and the fat lady has sung.

It also has a name. Follow this . . . grand children = grand kiddies = griddies. That’s it. Griddies Copse.

We spent last weekend getting our bearings, avoiding rotten tree branches that swayed precariously and threatened to fall with less than the slightest touch, and trying to avoid squashing baby frogs – lots and lots of baby frogs!

There’s masses of work to be done.

The first job, and of paramount importance obviously, was to erect the two bird tables, the bug box and the seed feeder. Weirdly, nothing had found any of them by Sunday. I think the wood is so old and unattended that the birds don’t even bother looking for food in it, and seriously, why should fat balls, niger and sunflower seeds etc. suddenly appear out of nowhere?

I’ve heard a woodpecker in the distance and I understand that an owl is nesting in another part of the forest. At least one muntjac lives in the main wood because as the Land Rover crept along the path, last Sunday morning, we saw him/her dash across the track, and with a flick of a white under-tail, disappear into the thicket. I also want him/her in my little patch.

We will have left it a whole week since we were last there so I’m hoping that the tables and feeders have been found by then and everything scoffed and little ‘thank you’ notes left.

The main change has occurred in the form of crap-heap, oil-spewing Betsy Land Rover. As some of you know the old girl was off the road. Grounded for bad behaviour. She’d decided to lose her clutch . . . this is similar to a human being losing their grip, I think. She was immovable and quite proud of it sitting out there in front of the lounge window, blocking out light, dripping oil, not earning her keep. She must have really ground her nuts when her rotten, frayed, holey soft top was removed and a hard top screwed on? And then, to add insult to injury, the old wreck had to stand swaying on her tyres as a roof rack was added.

This having been said, she did succumb to Richard tickling her clutch and other bits and she did pass her M.O.T with flying colours, so the old girl is officially back on the road.

I think she quite likes being the vehicle of choice for our woodland visits. I can almost sense her fluffing up her bonnet and adding an extra little spin to her wheels as she majestically tootles down the track and through the trees.

This coming weekend is planned for clearing brambles and felling dead and spindly trees. I want to allow more light in so that it encourages ground flora to grow. Lots to do – lots of planning – but that’s fine. I like being busy and I like planning. Win. Win.

So I’m toddling off now to source a peanut feeder . . .

P.S. I’m wondering what muntjac eat? downloadHPIM4021

 

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11 thoughts on “Frogs And A Muntjac To Date

  1. Gail, this is brilliant – I am so pleased to read it.
    As far as I know, muntjac eat more or less anything – they appeared about 20 years ago in the wood below my house, where I used to walk regularly when I was young,, and there were never any there then, but now there are lots. My neighbours complained that they ate all the greenery.

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  2. Thank you Tina. I must admit to being quite excited myself – it’s something new and I’m sure it won’t all be days of ‘forestry’ maintenance. There will also be times to ‘stand and stare’ – or rather, sit and have a mug of tea whilst watching the so far elusive wildlife! 😀

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    • Ah! Learnt that lesson on the very first visit Evelyn. Now equipped with ‘Jungle Spray’ and a topical cream for ‘just in case!’ I find that nature loves me sometimes more than I love nature! AND I have a really silly hat that never leaves my head! 😀

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    • Thank you. I figure – besides the ‘nature’ and ‘being out in the fresh air’ benefits – monies are pretty safe tied-up in land? As long as I don’t burn it down with one of my ‘tidying up’ infernos? :/

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