Badgers are ingenious

A couple of weeks ago I noticed part of the fencing where I walk looked like it had been trodden on. On close inspection I could see a badger trail leading up to and away from the fence.

Normally the badgers go under the fencing using a combination of digging slightly down while pushing the fence up – see bottom photos.

This time they have gone between the two types of fencing, over the rabbit fencing which is about a 0.5m high but under the deer fencing.

I put the trail camera out to see which badger it was and how they did it. The first night I put the trail camera too close to the fencing and it didn’t trigger quick enough, the badger was already half over before it started filming.

Last night the trail camera caught on film who it was. I would recognise that tail anywhere. It is Arrow.

Also the direction she came from, indicates it is Arrow, as two years ago when she was pregnant and Cookie was still the dominant female, Arrow left the main sett and made a home a short distance away to have her cubs. Now Cookie is gone, Arrow still visits the main sett but prefers to live in her new home.

You can see in the film clip that Arrow finds it no trouble to go over the fence.


Place where a badger goes over the fence

Sign of a badger going over the fence

Normal badger way of going under the fence.

badger hole under the fence


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. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. 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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