|Bruce showing Rachel how the Longworth traps work|
|The trap chambers filled ready for their first night in the woodland|
On the first evening of the three days, we set out the traps with bedding and bait, but left the traps open and not set to trap. We set the traps over a 100m transect in the woodland, leaving the traps 10m apart.
On the second evening, we returned to the woodland to refresh the bedding and bait in the traps. This time we set the traps to trip shut if they were entered. This was a fiddly job, but we got them all set up and ready to go. The question was, would we catch any critters?
|New bedding and bait|
|Refreshing the traps|
|We left the traps slightly tilted down so that they wouldn't fill up with rain|
We met at a yawningly early 7am the next day to go and check the traps... trap 1 - empty, trap 2 - empty, trap 3 - empty. We were starting to get a little disappointed, when we moved on to trap 4 and... it was closed! Plastic bag at the ready we tipped the trap contents out to find a Bank vole amongst the bedding!
|We emptied the traps into plastic bags, so there was no need to handle the small mammals|
|Emptying the trap|
|A Bank vole (Myodes glareolus)|
Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out. We will be doing bait tube surveys in the woodland soon - email email@example.com if you want to join in.