I have recently noticed more badger activity such as holes, spoil and claw marks in the mud. All this behaviour is happening in a ditch 500 meters away from the main sett which looks like it could be a possible an outlier (a smaller sett used by badgers from a main sett nearby).
Over the week I have been putting the trail camera down near this new activity, which is extremely hard to get to due to the amount of brambles. Trying to put the trail camera down is like crawling through a net of barb wire with all the brambles swinging back in your face and catching you on the legs. This badger shows you how it’s done without getting caught up.
Many of the badgers I still can’t recognise, on trail camera, except Cookie who seems to find my trail camera where ever I put it. We think Cookie is a 2014 cub which makes her just over two years old. This week she has been moving straw from the meadow, which is something I have never caught on camera before. When badgers collect straw they drag it backwards using their front paws.
I don’t recognise this second badger who was also taking bedding down the same night. I wonder if both badgers are lining the same chamber or separate ones
Badgers use straw and dried grass as their bedding and will take their old bedding out and swap it for new bedding. These two badgers seem to first collect great amounts of bedding from the meadow, pile it up under a hazel tree before then moving it into the sett. Urban Badgers will collect any available material which would include crisp packets and plastic bags. I have seen my local badgers use animal feed bags. Badgers with new born cubs use green vegetation as it heats up once in piles, a bit like a compost heap, and keeps the cubs warm.
Out in the meadow there was some different activity which included a small but vicious fight between two badgers with another one watching on.
I have been reading this book which is full of interesting information about badgers