I often get asked how I know which badger is which on my local patch.
I don’t often feed the local badgers, but every six months or so I try to do a head count. This involves putting down some peanuts and the trail camera, then spending hours going through all the footage, second by second, and trying to identify each badger by their tail, damage to ears or eyes, their behaviour and who they hang around with.
I use a sheet from http://www.badgerland.co.uk/
Sometimes when I’m not sure, it helps to go through old footage or old notes I have written. Especially when a badger has new damage to an ear or has a face covered in mud.
Massive thanks to my mum who spends a huge amount of time with me studying all the footage.
Here’s a quick compilation of a few trail camera clips from 19th December 2017