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.
Normal badger way of going under the fence.