Box­ing day tracks

Landscape (UK) - - Readers' Letters -

Box­ing Day is the ideal time for a walk in the fresh air af­ter the fes­tiv­i­ties of the pre­vi­ous day. If there has been a new fall of snow, chil­dren can be en­cour­aged to look for an­i­mal tracks on the sur­face. The most com­mon are rab­bits. Th­ese are iden­ti­fied by four marks, two much smaller than the oth­ers. The larger ones are where its pow­er­ful back feet hit the ground, the smaller ones its two front paws. Fox prints tend to fol­low a straight line as each rear paw is placed in the same spot its front paw has just been. This is known as per­fect walk­ing. Dogs do not do this, so their paw prints do not reg­is­ter per­fectly on top of each other.

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