Ten: Spring time Leo

Leo tracking in Springtime – we suspect – will be different to his Winter walks. He seems to be out most of the day and is normally not back in the house until after Eight or Nine at night. He is out longer for the walks when he goes out. Shall we see where he goes?

What we have now is a kind of super-walk made up of the three tracks his GPS collar gave us.


The first thing we notice is the fullness of the data. We have nine hours of Leo movement which goes over 7,000 meters. It started with him jumping from my arms in the garden and running off through the fence at half past seven. He goes straight to the field and waders under the tree perhaps answering the “where does Leo have a wee?” question. The section of trees he wanders around and under isolate an area of the field away from the cows which could give Leo time and space to explore but he is pretty quickly off into the far field and towards that Quarry.

The Quarry is much further than we thought he would go and he is only explores towards the sides rather than the full area. He wanders along before returning along the walls of the field and finally back to the houses of Crescent Walk. He checks out the collar-losing lands behind 43 and seems to disappear into Steve’s house for a while – hmmm… Steve – but heads off to Bullgrave Woods where he spend a long time running back and forth in a small area.

I fear for the small animal population of that area. I worry that is a mouse meeting Leo.

Stunningly though the splurge of movement in Bullgrave Woods which can be seen towards the middle of the map represents 2km of the 7.3km Leo moves. In the space of about 50m Leo runs 2km. This include a brief run over the beck and probably a lot of climbing up the side of the valley that the beck is formed in before our data gets sketchy and runs out.

So we see that in this first Spring tracking Leo has expanded his adventuring to include the edge of Filler’s Field Quarry and we have discovered where Leo does what he does during the day but what he does is a mystery so far. It is probably play. His routine is to look at territory which is obvious as he walks the edge of it and – having patrolled – he hunts and practices hunting.