I quite often get asked how I individually identify my local badgers. It isn’t the easiest thing especially this time of year as I haven’t seen them as much over the winter and new wounds and marks appear.
I’ve had some time to go over footage from the last time I had my trail cameras out at my local sett.
Firstly I look at their faces.
These are three different badgers. It is easy to tell the one with the damaged ear in the bottom two photos but not so easy to see that the top two are different badgers again.
Once I’ve looked at the faces I then look at the tails. Some have fluffy tails, some straight and thin.
Badgers often hang out with certain other badgers in the clan. This is an archive piece of footage
Some badgers are tolerant of other wildlife, while some are not.
This is another archive piece of footage
I use a similar method with visiting foxes but also using the length of their black socks.
If you don’t have visiting badgers or foxes to your garden, you could try identifying individual birds such as wood pigeons, blue tits or blackbirds.
I find it easier to take photos then compare the photos side by side.