Phew! Am I glad to be back home and knowing that I don't have to drive anywhere any time soon! 10 hours drive down to Southampton on Sunday then 8 hours back on Tues. At least the meetings (and beer!) in between were worth it. I traveled down for the national Water Vole Working Group and Water for Wildlife meetings where we discuss all things... erm... watery and voley!
Hot topics were changes in the eagerly awaited legal protection of WaterVoles, now finally about to become a reality, and the recommended muzzle velocity for air rifles used to kill mink (which means that I get to go rifle shopping!). We were also discussing Water Framework Directives and flood risk management: which brought us very neatly on to the subject of beaver reintroductions :o) Derek Gow and I managed to sneak out of the last talk for a sneaky pint... I mean... meeting!
After all of that sitting in doors it was good to get back to find out how the sheep were doing and get back in the field with Fox. Despite spending most of the last week staying with our friends and their four kids, he hadn't forgotten a thing and our trainer didn't believe that we'd not practiced. Here he is taking the sheep on figures of eight around the field.