Evening walk end of term

It was really nice to go for an evening walk in the sunshine now it isn’t so hot and sticky.

Many animals seem to have appreciated the few days of rain, the badgers have been busy with lots of new tunnels through the undergrowth and pathways through the meadow.

I’m still convinced that this badger is one of last years cubs, it seems to have no scars or damaged ears and I don’t recognise it as one of my regulars.


The Roe deer have separated and rather than being in a group they are scattered individually around the fields and woods. I’ve seen a few fawns this year but mostly they are good at hiding.

We saw one of the fox cubs in the wood and the vixen resting in a sunny patch.


Plenty of Cinnabar moth caterpillars munching their way through leaves.

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Back in our garden I found two different black beetles. A lesser stag beetle and another beetle that looked similar but what I think is a Black Sexton beetle


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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8 Responses to Evening walk end of term

  1. Linda Losito says:

    Nice beetles. I’ve just extracted a number of Lesser Stag Beetles from some Little Owl pellets from Gloucestershire. Also found lots of Sexton Beetles (Nicrophorus investigator) in corvid pellets we collected on Lundy last week.
    I agree that your Sexton Beetle is Nicrophorus humator. I haven’t seen any this year.

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  2. David Stimpson says:

    Hi Alex nice pictures when are you going on your African trip must be soon

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  3. simonjkyte says:

    beautiful photos

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  4. You may be interest in this site about recording stag beetle sightings

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