We crossed the overflow stream leading out of the pond on two very old wooden planks, then there was some long grass in the sun. It was an extremely hot day, and I was regretting not bringing a second water bottle. There were some insects landing on the grass which I originally thought it was a dragonfly, but after dad took some pictures I realised this one was a common blue damselfly:
I looked round the other bones and I found the other tibia. You can see that it was broken at the top end. These were interesting (and deserve their own post which I'll write later !)
A bit further still I found the skull, which confirmed that it was from a roe deer. (It couldn't really have been anything else from the size and shape of the tibias)
It was a young female roe deer, with all teeth through apart from the final back one (the M3), which meant it was about 9 months old when it died.
We decided to press on even though it was still raining. We took a path through the trees. It was dark and damp and at this point me and dad were soaking ! Normally the thick pine trees shelter you from the rain, but the rain was so heavy it made no difference.
Because the trees were in rows, it was easy to navigate back south. I came across this oak tree in the middle of the pine plantation which dad remembered from before.
Back at the south edge of the wood, this was the view of the other side of the valley. You can just about see the tiny dot of the deer fence where we needed to head to to get back to the car. The rain had eased a bit by this point.
You can see how wet I was when I got back to the car !
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