It was the first time we'd set the trail camera up outside of our garden, so it was all a big adventure. We went out just before dark and picked a spot pointing at a couple of entrance holes and a well used trail. We tied the camera onto a tree and put a handful of peanuts on the ground (just to try and keep the badger there for a while). Then we headed home to wait until morning.
|The camera was on the tree on the left - you can see the wet line on the |
trunk that was left by the strap when we took it down this morning
We were pleased to find the camera still there (for some reason I was half expecting it to have been stolen) and took it down. We could see the peanuts were gone, so knew something had been there and then we looked at the camera and found the photos and videos. How brilliant is that!
It looks like our badger headed out about 10.20 pm, returning home just after 5 am (the camera time is one hour fast - must have last used it before the clocks changed in the autumn).
A little bit more about their home ... their sett is in a bank in a wooded area and appears even larger than I first suspected. I believe there are over 30 entrance holes, but I'll have to try and count them properly some time. The Chilterns are all made of chalk, which must be perfect terrain for a badger sett. It's relatively easy to dig and is free draining, so there would never be any worries about the sett flooding. It also leaves the distinctive white mounds where the badgers have been excavating, so you can spot the entrances. At the bottom of the bank there's a lot of moss and fallen logs and you can see where the badgers have been snuffling and digging looking for food. An open, grassy area is about 20 meters away and is covered in holes and digging marks, no doubt where they've been looking for worms.
|The badger sett on a bank|
|There are lots of holes around where they've been digging|
|The open grassy area (full of mole hills) with the sett just beyond in the trees|
|Deer track, probably muntjac|
|Looks like something furry was eaten - maybe by a fox|
What a brilliant morning!