Trevose Head – small mammal surveys with the National Trust
The National Trust recently acquired the coastal farm at Trevose Head near Padstow and were keen to find out more about the local wildlife so we joined them and a couple of other enthusiasts to set Longworth traps. Although our hit rate was disappointingly low we did pick up a water shrew (very exciting), a wood mouse and a field vole. More (lots more) wood mice were found in the barns. As a comparison we also examined locally collected barn owl pellets and found wood mice, bank and field vole and common, pygmy and water shrew remains. Owls are better at surveys!