Day 10 of 30 days Wild – learning about badger setts

This morning I was involved with my local badger group Oxon badger group to help teach people about how to recognise a badger sett and other signs.

We were very kindly allowed to use Wytham woods near Oxford for the training.

During the morning everyone got a chance to see an active badger sett, look for foraging paths and latrines, as well as finding snuffle holes and badger hair caught on wire.

Oxon Badger Group is trying to record all the badger setts around Oxfordshire, so the purpose of the training course today was to show people not only how to find a badger sett but how to log the grid reference and what to file in the report.

If you find a badger sett, please do not put it out on social media but report it (in confidence) to your local badger group.

In Oxfordshire

Information to report

  • Grid reference number eg SP 12345 12345
  • signs of activity, eg spoil, latrine, foraging path
  • number of holes
  • details about location, eg hedgerow, side of road or near stream
  • nearby recognisable mark, eg under oak tree, near pylon
  • any other details that you feel would be helpful to re-find the sett.



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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