The Grounds

A record of the management of the lake and grounds and the wildlife seen.
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This Week's Wildlife Camera Captures

in 2020
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This week there have been Muntjac and Red Deer on the Poor's Allotment as well as a fox captured by the wildlife camera. The camera has been strapped to a tree 1.3m off the ground for the last couple of nights. It's sited close to the bridge that crosses to the Poors Allotment side of the dyk... read more

Our First Sculpture

in 2020
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Over the weekend we took the plunge and bought a life size sculpture of the red deer. Sculpture may be putting it a little grandly. Before Christmas we had spotted what others might call an assortment of garden ornaments that rather took our fancy - but the price put us... read more

Fox & Muntjac

in 2020
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I went to pick up the wildlife camera today which, for for the past few days has been set up behind the reed bed pointing south. This first clip of the sequence was captured on Friday at 22:12. It seems the fox was spooked by something, perhaps the infra-red lighting from the camera and q... read more

A Fox On The Poors Allotment

in 2019
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You'll probably be drawn to looking at the fox. Follow it as it winds through the trees then appears to stop for a second almost out of site beyond the trees on the right. It then suddenly turns and, at a run, exits the shot. But why the change of direction? Now view again but this tim... read more

A Week of Pheasant and Muntjac Activity

in 2019
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I collected the camera early this evening to see what had been going on over that last week. It's been strapped to a tree on the path behind the Ruston Benchall week, directed along the main path towards the turns that take you to the Ruston Bench or behind the Reed Bed. On Tuesday at 04:... read more

Lake Views For May

in 2019
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We've been very distracted this month. The decking has been replaced behind the house and geese and swans have nested. Checking back, it turns out I only took one of my standard lake view photographs. This was taken around 08:15 on 23 May, a week later than the most comparable photo from la... read more

Roe Deer Behind The Reed Bed

in 2019
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I collected the wildlife camera this afternoon. It had spent a few days mounted on a crack willow on the lake bank pointed at the path that runs round the back of the reed bed. The path does not look as it usually does. The remains of the pergola that used to decorate the back of the hous... read more

Mystery Creature Solved!

in 2019
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It was just over a year ago I reported a mystery creature. The mystery is now solved! Go back to 6 May 2018 and you see a wide ground-hugging creature walking away from the camera. With the image captured last night a 23:20 there can be little doubt that what we saw last year was a badger.... read more

New Wildlife Camera - Muntjac & Hedghog

in 2019
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Today I retrieved the the first video captured by a new wildlife camera. there's been a long gap in the inclusion of video on the site. That's because the old camera became rather unreliable. It was always set to activate overnight only. However, it began to fire up at almost any time of day and... read more

Lake Views For April

in 2019
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There are three pictures this month, taken on the 2nd, 19th and 25th. Each is taken a little later in the day, the first at 07:38, the second at 07:46 and the last at 08:06. It is still a surprise to me how much the light can change in the impression the light makes. We start, as always at ... read more

Something's Been Digging!

in 2019
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After walking round the grounds earlier in the afternoon, I returned having decided it was worth photographing what had happened at the gate in the fence that separates our ground from the communal ground behind the cottages. I am at a loss to know what creature might have done this. There ... read more

Wildlife Camera Shoots Pigeons!

in 2018
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The wildlife camera has been playing up. It has taken to ignoring the instruction to shoot in the hours of darkness only. So this afternoon it managed to capture these pigeons. Hardly exciting, but the first thing it managed to take in daylight that shows any wildlife! read more

Lake Views For May

in 2018
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Just two views were taken of the lake this month and only two days apart. The first taken on the 12 May and the second on the 14 May. This is the month that the lilies leap into action. There appeared to be also no lilies that had broken the surface on 28 April but now there are many. ... read more

Muntjac Deer Behind The Reed Bed

in 2018
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I don't go to the wildlife camera every day to see what it has captured, so images will begin to be posted here in batches. These two short clips were captured on Friday evening (11 May) at 20:32 and last night (16 May) at 20:52 which you could say means the deer has remarkably stable habits vi... read more

Mystery Creature

in 2018
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What is this creature? It was caught on the wildlife camera at around 02:35 this morning. The camera is pointing north and is strapped to a large oak at just about the most south-westerly point in the grounds and shows the path running behind the old reed bed. It's far too fat for a ca... read more

Lake Views For April

in 2018
by RustonHouse • | | 0 comments
There's been a lot been going on around the grounds this month and for some reason it seems that I forgot to take any of the traditional lake view. So the only picture to offer was one taken in the pouring rain on 28 April. Because of the lack of sun on the water, this time it's easier to s... read more

An Otter Has Fun

in 2018
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It was just after 13:45 when we spotted a otter in the lake. I dashed upstairs to fetch the camera, but looking down from the bedroom window saw it was now on the bank of the lake. It inspected the ground around the path and then paused a while before diving in. That all took around a... read more

Pheasants Think It's Spring?

in 2017
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I continue to play with the wildlife camera to see what results it produces. This afternoon, just after 15:55 it seemed that a male pheasant thought forgot it was autumn and acted like it was spring. After a sudden flurry of action as the start, as boy chases girl, you then have to wait until... read more

Muntjac With Young

in 2017
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I've been concerned that we haven't got much useful video material from the camera. Probably, that's because I have it set to capture some still images before taking the video and by that time the action is all over and often the subjects have left the field of view. However, here's an exce... read more

Muntjac Deer - A First Video

in 2017
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We bought a "wildlife camera" a while ago. The hope then was that we could get images of what were believed to be voles that had been burrowing in the bank from close by the house to near the arbour seat. That was unsuccessful. We now hope to discover the range of creatures that visit ... read more

At Last, A Squirrel

in 2017
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Seeing a squirrel will not take most people by surprise. However, after the misidentification of a Stoat in 2013, today is the first one that I have been able to capture on camera. It had always seemed worthy of note that we did not see squirrels around the site. There's plenty of trees and ... read more

Lake Views For April

in 2017
by RustonHouse • | | 0 comments
It's time for another collection of lake views. This time they were taken on 2nd, 8th and 18th of the month. With the previous image taken on 7 March we can, at last, see that spring is on the way. To the right, there's a lot more growth on the willow and just to its left there is now grow... read more

Lake Views For March

in 2017
by RustonHouse • | | 0 comments
It seems I only took two images of the lake from our bedroom window this month. The first image was taken on the first of the month. Comparing it with that taken Last Month there seems remarkably little change, other than you can see the miniture daffodils are beginning to emerge in front... read more

Daffodils And The Tree House

in 2017
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It was around 15:40 and a gloriously sunny day today and the daffodils around the site, especially on the island seem to be at their best. Having crossed the bridge to the island you approach from the south and get close to the tree house, but rather than approach directly along the boardwa... read more

Lake Still Messy

in 2017
by RustonHouse • | | 0 comments
We're still suffering the after effects of the strimming of the lake banks. Here's a collection of photos taken since I reported on The Messy Lake on 25 February. The first photo was taken on on 28 February from the boardwalk on the main island. This is the area we call "The Pool"... read more
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