I had two striking mammal sightings at Wapley today. I was driving along Besom Lane, and two roe deer – hind and fawn – crossed the road 20 yards ahead of me. They paused and looked at me and then dived into the Picnic Area hedge.
They obviously knew where they were going – I later saw that there are several established tracks through the thicket and out onto the clearing.
About 10 minutes later, on the Common, I saw a shrew running across the grass. So, sightings of the Reserve’s largest and smallest mammals in just a few minutes.