The Elusive Stoat #Shorts

#Wimius H8 TrailCam #Stoat Cam #Shorts #Stoat #Mustela erminea #Woodland #TrailCam
Searching for the Elusive Stoat(Mustela erminea), with the Wimius H8 TrailCam. Although i got over 500 captures,over a period of 3 weeks,only 2 came up trumps for this elusive creature. Here are those brief captures of the stoat, as well as some other woodland inhabitants. I will keep trying to get more footage of this fascinating creature, although it has certainly remained quite elusive so far! It also seems very wary of the TrailCamera,so i will see if i can conceal it better next time.
#Wimius H8 TrailCam #Stoat Cam #Shorts #Stoat #Mustela erminea #Woodland #TrailCam
Drumming: Russell Harris | CharlieT

The stoat(Mustela erminea) is a small predator, with a long, low-slung body that makes it particularly well suited to hunting small rodents and rabbits. It can easily kill an adult rabbit, which is much larger than itself, with a bite to the base of the skull. Stoats are active by day and night, and are easiest to spot in open habitats, such as sand dunes, grassland and heathland. They mate in summer, but delay implantation of the fertilised egg until the spring of the following year. They have one litter of six to twelve kits a year.
How to identify
The stoat has an orangey-brown back, a creamy white throat and belly, and a black-tipped tail. It is larger than the similar weasel, has a longer tail and has a distinctive bounding gait, arching its back as it moves; weasels do not bound, but run close to the ground.
Distribution
Widespread, found throughout the country, although absent from some Scottish islands, the Isles of Scilly and most of the Channel Islands.
Habitats

GrasslandHeathland and moorlandFarmlandOrchardCoastalWoodland

Did you know?
In the winter, stoats living in colder climes may turn almost completely white, with just a black tip to the tail. This is known as ‘ermine’ and the fur is extra dense to help them keep warm. Stoats in warmer parts of the UK may not change colour at all, or may take on a ‘patchy’ appearance.

Statistics
Length: 24-32cm
Tail: 9-14cm
Weight: 140-450g
Average lifespan: 2-5 years
Conservation status
Common.
When to see
January to December
(The Wildlife Trusts)

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