“A weasel is weasily recognised but a stoat is stoatally different.”

View from Danebury

View from Danebury

Went for a walk at Danebury today, lovely as ever and today’s bonus was seeing a stoat although I didn’t get a picture so here’s a view and some fungi instead!


Knew it was a stoat by the black tip on its tail which is what help makes it “stoatally different”. Stoats and weasels get such bad press, undeserved in my view as they help reduce the rat population. Perhaps that’s why they are the bad guys in Wind in the Willows!

Danebury is an ironage hillfort, probably built about 2500years ago and evidence found suggests it was occupied for nearly 500years. Unfortunately Hampshire County Council who own the site have take the view to allow plant life to dominate so the fort is now overrun with trees and the scale of the fort has been lost. However it is a wonderful place to walk, and if you are interested in the Ironage then you have come to the right place as it is probably the most extensively studied hillforts in Europe.  There is a museum in Andover, and on my last visit the Winchester Bookshop had the complete set of Danebury research books.