Posted by sydney on Oct 28th, 1792
Thomas saw a polecat run across the garden.
Posted by sydney on Dec 8th, 1789
The Bramshot hounds kill a leash of hares on the hill.
Posted by sydney on Nov 16th, 1789
Few woodcocks; & few pheasants left. Many hares have been found on our hill: the wetness of the season, it is supposed, induces them to leave the vales, & to retreat to the uplands. Reb. & Hannah White came from Newton.
Posted by sydney on Oct 4th, 1789
The breed of hares is great: last year there were few. Some have remarked that hared abound most in wet summers.
Posted by sydney on Oct 3rd, 1784
Two young men killed a large male otter, weighing 21 pounds, on the bank of our rivulte, below Priory longmead, on the Hartely-wood side, where the two parishes are divided by the stream. This is the first of the kind ever remembered to have been found in this parish.
Posted by sydney on Dec 16th, 1782
A hare frequents the garden, & eats the celeri-tops, the spinage, young cabbages, pinks, scabious’s, &c.
Posted by sydney on Nov 27th, 1782
Fierce frost. Rime hangs all day on the hanger. The hares, press’d by hunger, haunt the gardens & devour the pinks, cabbages, parsley, &c. Cats catch the red-breasts. Timothy the tortoise sleeps in the fruit-border under the wall, covered with a hen-coop, in which is a good armfull of straw. Here he will lie warm, secure, & dry. His back is partly covered with mould.
Posted by sydney on Nov 10th, 1781
Hares eat down the pinks, & cloves in the the garden: & yet sportsmen complain that the breed this year is very small; alleging that dry summers, tho’ kindly for partridges, are detrimental to hares.
Posted by sydney on Nov 30th, 1780
Posted by sydney on Sep 26th, 1780
Moles live in the middle of the hanger.