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New study site

Postby Tortoise Trust » Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:44 am

This is an important one, as no tortoises have officially been recorded at this site for more than 30 years...

Yesterday while out with Joe and Paula checking some "possible" sites based on historic records - we found this (or rather, Joe spotted it! :D )

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This creeping flower is what the tortoise was eating when found.

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Any ornithologists care take a shot at what these eggs are?

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We are keeping this location very quiet.... it has an incredibly low density population and is not too far from a developed area. An important find, however.
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Re: New study site

Postby Clara » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:11 pm

Fantastic news! Let's hope that because the birds eggs have survived thus far that the tortoises are relatively safe too.

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Re: New study site

Postby Bigjoe » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:27 pm

And what is this Tortoise on....yep sand ;)
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Re: New study site

Postby Tracy33 » Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:19 am

What a fantastic find , and wish I was there . :)
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Re: New study site

Postby Tortoise Trust » Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:21 am

Bigjoe wrote:And what is this Tortoise on....yep sand ;)


Yes, very, very sandy.... loose in your fingers....

This must be the stuff that causes "impactions" and "eye problems" according to the umm.. "experts" on the internet :? :?

I have something further to report on these sites. More details to follow!
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Re: New study site

Postby Clara » Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:16 am

Can't wait to hear more. Your sand quips should be really funny but I can tell you that every single time I promote the topsoil:playsand mix on one particular group (no prizes for guessing which one!) it creates a sandstorm lol

I am continuously decried as being old fashioned and resistant to 'the latest research' which of course no one can reference.

Hey ho! I shan't give up.

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Re: New study site

Postby Tortoise Trust » Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:55 am

I would suggest they do their own 'research'. Here's an offer... tell 'em to buy a couple of Ryanair return tickets to Murcia (San Javier) airport and I will personally take them to several habitats where they can (finally) begin to understand exactly what substrates tortoises really live on.

We are getting a bit of rain here today which should help the vegetation.
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Re: New study site

Postby Bigjoe » Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:01 pm

This is what your looking at ..not dry soil ,very fine sand
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Re: New study site

Postby Stuart » Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:00 am

:lol:
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Re: New study site

Postby Graham Ray » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:56 am

Terrain looks familiar , so I would guess somewhere near where we have been but a "new" site. Would like to explore sometime when conditions / time is right. There's lots of locations which "look good but produce nothing. a new site find is welcomed . I haven't seen Marcos or heard from him for ages, wonder if it one of his guarded areas.
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