This year I am going to make a 30 minute documentary about my local Badgers. Hopefully tracking them throughout the whole year as well as trying to identify each Badger and get to know them better.
I have been watching them for several years now and blogging about them for nearly 3 years. I have watched, photographed and filmed them playing, eating, digging and interacting with other animals.
Each badger has different shaped ears, tail and facial markings, as well as chunks out of their ears or even damaged eyes. Sometimes it is their behaviour that makes identifying them easier.
It is very difficult to tell the difference between male and female badgers, but generally males are bigger and heavier with wider heads and longer, thinner tails.
This one looks like a female as it has a thin face and in one of the trail camera films I have of her she has a very fluffy tail. Her black strip goes on the outside of her ears.
Cookie (below) is one of the boldest and least wary badgers. He/she is easy to identify as he/she has a piece missing from its left ear and its black strip runs inline with its ears. He/she has quite a long tail but it is fluffy.
I can’t really decide on whether Cookie is male or female but I go with male.
We think Cookie is a cub from Spring 2014.
This is Cookie from the summer
The badger below has quite odd shaped ears, a thin face and a very short tail. Looking back at old photos and films from last year I think this badger was the one who had the only surviving cub in 2015
I think this is her from the summer.
You can see where the mum has been suckling her cub, which they do for around 12 weeks.