Half six in the morning. No one was around. No noise. The sun was just beginning to rise above the trees, cutting through a chilly layer of fog and spilling little shards of light through the canopy.
One of those 'you had to be there' moments at Nower Wood recently.
The data collection stage of my dissertation is now over, and I handed in my set of keys to the reserve the other day. It's been wonderful having what can only be described as VIP access to Nower Wood - a normally private nature reserve used for educational purposes.
A big thanks must go out to the wardening team for letting me run traps on site, and to all the fantastic people who offered to keep me company through rain, wind and the pitch black.