The Forest of Dean

The Forest

The forest of Dean has some beautiful secluded spots where you can disconnect and really enjoy nature.

The sounds of birds singing completed the scene.

The sounds of birds singing completed the scene.

There are several lakes, streams and the terrain can be quite hilly, but the forest in the early hours is stunning and peaceful.

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Patiently waiting in a likely spot.

Patiently waiting in a likely spot.

Some beautiful and shy doe before the sun rose.

Some beautiful and shy doe before the sun rose.

Wild Boar

It is one of the few places in the UK where one can view wild boar in their natural habitat. After they were hunted to extinction hundreds of years ago, a new population has emerged in recent years after individuals were reintroduced either by design or by accident. Now there is now a large population of nearly 1.5k in the area. Some individuals in the area are far from shy and approach dog walkers, and raid bins in local villages!

The pro’s and cons of their reintroduction, detailed biology and and behaviour can be read about here.

Tracking

Tracking the boar can be done by looking for any soft ground and spotting foot prints, and listening for their distinct grunts.

Day old prints, but I knew I was in the right area.

Day old prints, but I knew I was in the right area.

Its also worth looking out for ground that has been freshly dug up by their foraging behaviours.

Its also worth looking out for ground that has been freshly dug up by their foraging behaviours.

With patience, and a little luck you may be rewarded with a sighting.

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Some typical foraging behaviour.

Some typical foraging behaviour.

Coarse fur of a young female.

Coarse fur of a young female.

The snouts seem soft, but they can move a lot of earth with ease using them.

The snouts seem soft, but they can move a lot of earth with ease using them.

Wild boar have much stringer senses than us.

Wild boar have much stringer senses than us.

My favourite type of portrait, simple.

My favourite type of portrait, simple.

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The little light that broke through the canopy allowed me to capture this portrait,

The little light that broke through the canopy allowed me to capture this portrait,

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A tiring day, but worth the effort.