Reconnecting with the Badgers

It has been a while since I have spent time with the Badgers. A mixture of spending a lot of time at school being part of the tech team on the school play and it still getting dark early in the evenings meant I haven’t had much opportunity.

We have been down and checked on the sett a few times but there isn’t much activity. The Badgers have occasionally been up to our garden but mostly they are not very active over the winter.

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We put the trail camera down a few times and it didn’t film any Badgers at all so I was beginning to get worried about them.

We tried one more time with the trail camera and luckily over one night every badger from the sett passed by the camera. (over 100 clips in all). It took a while to work out who was who.

I have put together a film that shows all of them at least once.

First to be recognised was one of the twins, their tails seem to come from very high on their back and they are very bushy.

Next is Smee, the badger with the damaged right eye.

Of the two badgers together, Stick is in the background with one of the twins at the front.

The one with the mark on her head at 58 seconds is Arrow who had cubs this year. Then Smee back again.

At 1 min 15 seconds Bog scent marks, this badger scent marks a lot. Followed by Small at 1 min 17 sec, who sniffs the air.

The last Badger to appear is Pirate whose left eye doesn’t reflect in the trail camera infrared light. He/she looks very well fed for winter.

I’m so glad that each one seems to be healthy.

Just as dawn breaks, you can hear a Buzzard cry and a fox dashes across the camera.

My next idea is to spend sometime checking to make sure the cubs over at the nursery sett have survived the winter so far.

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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5 Responses to Reconnecting with the Badgers

  1. jimjamjem1 says:

    Very impressed you can recognise all of your badgers – that’s my goal for this year. I’m finding it quite difficult.
    One had ginger ears, which was quite funny, but I don’t know if that’s just soil rubbing on them.
    Very nice
    James Miller

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    • appletonwild says:

      Thanks. It’s taken a couple of years and I have to go back and look at my clips over and over again to make sure who is who. I’ve noticed that they have different behaviour and particular badgers hang out with certain other badgers. Trail cams really help. Good luck.

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  2. New Moons For Old says:

    Lovely to have then all present and correct. Your trail camera certainly gives you the advantage, there, but I know you have spent long summer evenings really getting to know the individuals by sight, too. On the film, it looks as though it was quite foggy at one point – what was the weather like overall, that night?

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    • appletonwild says:

      Thanks, the weather was very cold and dry, it has been for days now, the frost doesn’t thaw. It did get quite foggy in the early hours of the morning.
      I have a mixture of film clips and actual photos of each badger which i use to compare to see who is who. Some are easy to ID, but some look very similar so sometimes it is down to which other badger they appear with and their behaviour. It is very interesting.

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  3. ramblingratz says:

    Glad they are all okay 🙂

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