This ermine Stoat is a little reminder that only three weeks ago we still had snow showers at Geltsdale. Spring has certainly sprung now though, with squeaky lapwings displaying and mippits everwhere. This week has also marked the return of Wheatear, Grey Wagtail, Redshank and Ring Ouzel. Spring has also been apparent in the Moth department and catch numbers are gradually increasing.
It’s been a satisfying week to end my time at Geltsdale and many of our long term winter tasks have been completed including;
The repairs to a huge stretch of dry-stone wall... long may it stand!
Mapping over 100 Heather cuts with GPS!
Inputting 15 years of daily weather data to excel (over 2000 individual pieces of data)
It’s all change this week as I have now waved goodbye to Geltsdale and will soon be moving on to my summer quarters at St Abbs Head (watch this space for regular updates on moths and migrants).