29th November 2016 – Owl pellet dissection

I spent a pleasant hour in Izzy’s classroom teaching the kids how to dissect an owl pellet and identify the contents. We examined the bones with a USB microscope. One pellet, which I had dissected the night before and rather clumsily mounted on card, contained the remains of 2 Bank Voles, 1 Field Vole, 1 Common Shrew and what I think were beetles. The other pellet we studied appeared to contain 1 Common Shrew and 1 Bank Vole.

Later, I took E for a walk and we saw a Heron crouched over a ditch next to the river.

Total wild time – about 1 hour (Izzy), E (about 30 mins)

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