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Animal Sightings on Cock Road Ridge

Here is a list of reported sightings of various animals on, or around the Ridge. Click on a link to jump to the entry:

Badger
Bat
Deer
Field Mouse
Fox
Frog
Grass Snake
Grey Squirrel
Rabbit

Badger
Badgers live on the Ridge. They were seen in May 2005 and are still active in 2013.

 
Bat
Several species of bat including Pipistrelle and Daubenton have been seen.
 
Deer
Yes deer have actually been seen on the Ridge! They are not resident though and are usually just 'passing through'. The last sighting was in April 2005.
 
Field Mouse
There are families of field mice living on the Ridge in places.
 
Fox
One or two foxes have occasionally been spotted.
 
Frog
Frogs and Toads frequent the Oak Tree Pond and the Community Pond most years. Frogs can spawn as early as December and as late as April, depending on how warm the weather is. If the winter is mild, they'll spawn early - but if the weather gets colder later on, the spawn may stop growing. In very cold conditions, frogs spawn late and have a very short time to grow. If there's no time to grow into froglets, they remain as tadpoles through the winter and hibernate at the bottom of the pond, continuing their development next year.
Mating frogs in the Ridge Pond
Grass Snake
Some grass snakes have been seen.
 
Grey Squirrel
There are not huge numbers of grey squirrels on the Ridge which in one way is quite surprising.
 
Rabbit
In 2002 all the rabbits on the Ridge succumbed to Myxomatosis. In just a few days all the rabbits were wiped out. A small number of rabbits are reappearing, apparently recovering from the disease. This rabbit was photographed on the edge of the orchard on the Ridge in March 2004. Rabbits have not been seen for several years now.

   
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