Latest news and candid vews from Conservationist, broadcaster, Musican and writer Chris Sperring
Friday, 8 January 2010
DOGS IN SNOW!
Its been a very long cold period, we have had two good snow falls, one I reported before Xmas, and now this lastest fall. This now now been added to by Frost and Ice with a big drop in temperature. Last night at 1800hrs coming through Churchill in North Somerset I recorded a temperature of minus 9.5 degress C. I hear that in Scotland its got down to -22 C in places. The coldest the garden at home has been so far is -6.5 but I never stayed awake to record the temperature in the early hours, so it could have got down even lower than 6.5. The build up to the Long-eared Owl surveys is going really well, it will only be the weather that ruins it now. Thanks to so many of our Mendip volunteers who are coming back once again to help with the Mendip survey. I have spoken to Andy Harris (Quantock Ranger and Forestry Commission) today, so planning for Quantock is now underway. There will be a press release going out soon about the other surveys we are doing so as soon as the release date comes through I will update on this news as well. I did manage to get out in the weather yesterday, so here are some pictures I took. I thought Dogs might make a change.
View from Blackdown across to Wrington Hill and Bristol International Airport
The Combe below is the famous Burrington Combe where the hymm "Rock of Ages" was written
Ruby the dog (aka Ruby Doo) samples the Blackdown snowdrifts
And falls into another
Ruby and Saffy playing on top of the drifts Note that Saffy looks worried, she can sense the depth better than Ruby.
Lastly. Sunset at Charterhouse, the temperature dropped to minus 6 within 15 minutes of the Sun setting.
I will blog again soon with some wildlife next time, I must admit that I'm not happy to follow starving birds or mammals around with a camera, I think they are stressed enough in these conditions already. I will try using the stealth cams on the Water Voles on Saturday night.