I was at RSPB Ham wall in Somerset yesterday (Tuesday) and I saw what I at first thought was a Stoat it was very dark coloured and I am now thinking it was a Mink .
My question is has anyone else seen a mink at Ham wall or does anyone know of any reports of sightings?
I would have asked at the visitor centre but it was closed up when I got back to the car park.
Pssst! Nudge nudge Wanna see some pictures Here
There are otters there too. Could be any of those three. Best to speak to the staff there. You'll find at least one name amongst the blogs as he regularly provides updates. e.g. here
In reply to ItisaRobbo:
A first wild guess would be mink, as already suggested, especially as other similar species will be apparent, check with the staff at Ham Wall.
A shame you never got a photo of it in your collection.
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In reply to Stephen Couch:
Stephen Couch said:Hi Mike,
While I know Steve's reply is to the original poster, who is also Mike, I'd like to add that mink is a problem for many reserves, and I know my local reserves, both RSPB and others, are actively trying to control mink numbers in the right way.
The perils of releasing non-native species without any thought.
In reply to Janner:
Janner said:Some interesting replies here, I used to regularly see mink when I used to keep a couple of horses on the edge of Dartmoor I could get quite close to them when out riding then they would realise that it wasn't just a horse and that there was a horrible human on board and then they would be gone.
Nature doesn't hang around if it feels threatened, unless cornered.....
I've finally got round to having a look at your Flickr pages, some nice photos Mike, and I liked the sunrise over RSPB Bowling Green Marsh.
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