It’s been a while since I wrote the last British Animal Challenge update – back in the long, hot days of August. Now the clocks are about to change, and there’s been a lot of rain, so spending time outdoors is less attractive.
I had hoped to see some new bats and cetaceans in September. Sadly I wasn’t able to identify any new bats, and didn’t see any dolphins or whales. My second attempt at seeing water shrews was unsuccessful. But I did see a stoat.
As the Scots voted ‘no’ to independence, my list hasn’t reduced, but the Jersey Toad has been a small addition.
Other animals I have seen in September and October:
In November I’m hoping to see some harvest mice, and maybe some other small mammals.
My British Animal Challenge list has just got a little longer, as last week it was announced that the toads found on Jersey are actually a separate species to those found in mainland Britain.
While it means I am a little further from completing my challenge, I am not too disappointed, as it’s an extra excuse to visit Jersey. I have never been to the Channel Islands before, but to complete my challenge I will need to visit Jersey and Guernsey to see a few species not found elsewhere, including:
- Millet’s shrew
- Greater white-toothed shrew
- Guernsey vole
- Green lizard
- Agile frog
- and now, the Jersey toad
Now I just need to find the time for a trip to the Channel Islands…