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13/08/2015 02:56pm

Jennie Hill

Hi,

This may be a very silly questions, but do you know if we have weasels in Yateley? I have just seen a small brown mammal run across my grass. It was bigger than a mouse, smaller than a rat and didn't seem to have a long tail. It was the same width along the body and at a very rough guess about 10 cm long. I'm intrigued as to what it could be!

Thank you

Jennie

The Ranger replies

It could well have been a weasel. It certainly sounds about right, although weasels are generally a little bigger than that, on average about 15-20 cm long with a 4-5cm tail. Females tend to be smaller than males. They can be found in a wide range of habitats including urban areas and woodlands. They favour small rodents to eat, but will take birds and small rabbits. If there is something for them to eat, there is likely to be weasels.

 

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03/07/2015 10:00am

keith

Recent Open Spaces Society web page states that their alternative fencing solutions as used on Burnham Beeches and Epping Forest were dismissed to readily and temporary fencing was solution to see affect of grazing. If their recommended fencing types are tried and tested elsewhere will they be used here for smaller area proposed?

Hi Keith

Many thanks for your communication, at present Hampshire County Council have no plans regarding grazing, we cannot speak here on behalf of hte Wildife Trust.

Many thanks

The Ranger Team

 

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02/07/2015 01:38pm

Christine Green

I am a member of a ladies group and I wondered whether the rangers give talks to groups. We meet on the first Friday of the month at Eversley Village Hall.

Many thanks.

Chris

Hi Christine

We can certainly provide a talk, though we do have a charge, please email northern.sites@hants.gov.uk for confidential communication regarding this.

Many thanks

The Ranger Team

 

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01/07/2015 01:28pm

Ross Simmonds

Hi

I am interested to know whether the Common is known to have any colonies of honeybees and whether you try to create any suitable habitats for them?

Thanks.

Hi Ross

Though we manage the site for bees, these are the rarer solitary and social colonial bees rather than the eusocial honey bees, wild honey bee colonies are now very rare, often being captured for keeping when they settle in our homes. Also without treatment for arroa mite the wild colonies often succumb to disease. It is now thought that apart from in remote areas wild honey bees are extinct in the uk, when seen swarms are generally thought to be from managed colonies.

Regards

The Ranger Team

 

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01/07/2015 01:30pm

Kelvin Hodges

Cars dropping rubbish in car parks

Hi Kevin

Many thanks for your concern, unfortunateley despite what we might like to do this information is of little use to use to us.

Thanks


The Ranger Team

 

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01/07/2015 01:28pm

keith

I noticed small fly tip A327 end of Stroud Lane Sunday, adjacent to lay by and rubbish carefully put behind tree! Consists of kitchen bin and lid! and box.

Many thanks Keith we will investigate.


Regards

The Ranger Team

 

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10/06/2015 08:59am

Adrian Prescott

Hi,

I live in Fleet, and am looking for a lake/pond locally to practise open water swimming (with a wetsuit?).

I was wondering whether you might be able to help, or advise of anywhere locally where this is possible please?

Thanks and regards

Adrian

Hi Adrian

None of our waters are suitable for swimming.  However I think that they allow swiming at Frensham Ponds.  This is managed by Waverley District Council, here is a link to copy and paste.  I do not know if this is suitable or not but I hope it helps.

Regards

The Ranger Team

http://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/200073/parks_and_countryside/693/frensham_great_pond_and_common

 

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10/06/2015 08:58am

Chloe Jarvis

I am a teacher at Cove Infants School and we are doing a project on trees / plants and their inhabitants! Is there a possibility of one or two of your rangers coming to our school in the next few weeks and exploring our tress and wild life with two classes of Year One children please. Thank you

Hi Cloe

This should not be a problem but please contact us via email to arrange educational visits at northern.sites@hants.gov.uk

Many thanks

The Ranger Team

 

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28/05/2015 10:00am

Sam Murphy

Hi there

I am looking to do some pike fishing this weekend, using lures probably as I only have a couple of hours. Do you allow pike fishing at this time of year at Wyndham's? I see that day tickets are available from various places.

Thanks

Sam

Hi Sam

A closed season operates on Wyndhams Pond from the 16 March untill the 16 of June.  This is because the site forms part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest and give the fish time to breed.

However outside of those dates you are welcome to fish there for pike, you can get day tickets or if you are a member of the Hartley Wintney Angling Society you can fish it as a member.

Regards

The Ranger Team

 

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01/06/2015 11:29am

Ben lambert

Hi my daughter is doing a school project about Yateley common and really wants to do her project about buttercups as she loves how many there are in the common but does it fit under the brief of a plant native to Yateley common?

Hi Ben

Though buttercups are a species native to the UK they are not a particularly interesting or rare species and are more associated with the enriched soils of the Common rather than being a species typical of heathlands.

Not sure if that has helped you or not, if your daughter is young which I assume she is as you are asking in her stead I am sure that buttercups will be fine for her project.

However if she wanted to look at more typical flowering plants she could do her project on heather itself, there are three types on the Common giving her an interesting basis for her project.

Regards

The Ranger Team

 

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