On 14 July 2019 we were granted permission to construct a temporary bridge onto our neighbour's land that would allow us to maintain a narrow strip along the opposite side of the dyke that forms our mutual boundary.
The neighbouring land was allotted to the poor of the parish as part of the arrangements under the parish's Enclosure Act of 1806, hence the name "The Poor's Allotment". Apart from maintaining the land, from time to time we also mount a wildlife camera on or pointing at the Poor's Allotment.
It's also worth mentioning that the dyke is the boundary of the "Broads National Park". Ruston House is just outside the park area!
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Watching this you'll probably be drawn to looking at the fox and your eye will follow it as it winds through the trees then appears to stop for a second. It suddenly turns and, at a run, exits the shot. But why? View again but this time keep an eye on the top of the pile of logs. All will be explained!
This time the camera was installed on the Poor's Allotment facing directly across the dyke to Ruston House land. Chinese Water Deer are famous for the males having large fangs protrude from their jaws rather than growing antlers. Our camera is yet to capture an example so, for the time being we assume this is a female.