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    Starting to get more greys again

    Had a few this week..looking forward to hitting them again this autumn.
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    Well, good luck.
    On Saturday I got the one I had been after for the past three weeks. It was very wary, running at the first sight of me.
    It was feeding on a Hazel 2/3rds up a hedge of a field. It usually fled to a spinney at the bottom of the field.
    It ignored traps baited with peanuts and sweet corn.
    It took the Walnuts in an adjacent orchard.
    On Saturday I followed it down to the Spinney, although I was not sure where it had gone exactly. I went into the next field to look for it then came back and sat down on the edge of the spinney. After 5 minutes in typical fashion, down it came out of the tree from its drey, right into my line of sight, which was poor judgement.
    It was female and lactating and its nipples had the hair pushed away from them so my guess is that it was feeding its young, which is why it was so wary.
    Sadly either the squirrel gets the nuts or I do.
    Females seem to be more cautious compared with males.

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    ​got a couple more today but could only retrieve one of them, the other one got stuck in some branches on its way down. I seem to have stumbled on some greys living in an old rabbit burrow in an embankment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirrelbasher View Post
    Looking forward to hitting them again this autumn.
    Oh yes!

    K

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    Just taken 3kg of hazel nuts (shucked harvest weight) from one small bush.

    This stool was chainsawed to ground level 8 years ago, it started producing again in year 5, a few more the following year, 1.5kg last year.

    It certainly makes a big difference culling the greys ; much prefer eating hazel nuts to tree rats. S.

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    actually, what do you guys use hazelnuts for? I have 18 trees!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    actually, what do you guys use hazelnuts for? I have 18 trees!!!
    Bit of a rock and a hard place with 18 trees ; too many to hand harvest, probably not cost effective to pay to pick even on the national minimum wage, to few to be mechanised. Might be worth costing though for sale direct to a market trader. Interested in the outcome. S

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    Plenty of acorns to keep em busy
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    Is that a fac the oven rapid

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    Bloody spell check theoben rapid lol

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