Saturday, 28 March 2015

Windmill Hill City Farm - Really Wild Day

Great day at Windmill Hill City Farm dismantling owl pellets for 4 hours with keen young amateur naturalists. Found a lot of bird parts, lower fledgling beaks, and particularly enjoyed showing the children how the miniature vole femurs fitted neatly into the pelvis sockets. Within half an hour many of the children could be overheard talking to each other about how to identify shrew jaws by their red teeth and how mouse pelvic bones have a thinner aperture than a vole's, they love it. Mike Dilger, the wildlife presenter, was there also with his family and we had a good talk about owls and voles, unsurprisingly he clearly knows his stuff and it was good to meet him briefly.

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