Enjoy a peaceful, relaxing, self-catering holiday in a secluded mobile home situated in the heart of the countryside with spectacular views across the Cotswolds and floodlit badger-watching facilities within 50 metres of the accommodation

During your stay, you will be able to have EXCLUSIVE use of three heated hides from which to observe badgers and other wildlife by floodlight after dusk at College Barn Farm, Sibford Gower, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5RY

The conservation project at College Barn Farm commenced in 1987 when Richard and Sandra Butt bought the farm. It includes the planting of trees and shrubs as well as encouraging and, as far as possible, protecting and preserving the resident wildlife.

Their aim is to establish and sustain a wildlife area containing as many different varieties of trees and wildlife as possible, with badger setts and four ponds included within this area.

The provision of mobile-home accommodation and badger-watching facilities for visitors not only helps to fund their conservation project, but also enables other wildlife enthusiasts to share their enjoyment of such. With the help of Badger-Watch visitors, they are able to protect the badgers by observing their setts daily and the badgers most evenings by floodlight from three heated hides .


During the day there are many other varieties of wildlife, from small birds to grass snakes to roe/fallow/muntjac deer (subject to the season) to be observed at College Barn Farm. One visitor spotted a total of 47 different kinds of birds during her stay, which included kingfishers, woodpeckers, sparrow-hawks, buzzards, kestrels and owls.

About twenty or so badgers, including cubs, currently live in the setts on the farm (including an artificial sett) and are regularly viewed – unrestricted by glass – at close range by visitors sitting quietly in the hides.

The ‘Top Badger Hide’, which is heated and can seat four persons, is on ground level at the entrance, but 10ft. above ground on the viewing side where the field below (containing the setts) slopes away.


Above this hide is a balcony which allows visitors an elevated, open-air view of the badger setts and the surrounding area, day and night, when the weather is fine. Watchers usually leave a trail of peanuts from the setts up to the hide and very soon after dark, the badgers come up for their supper. They can be clearly seen as there are two floodlights mounted above the hide. These don’t seem to bother the badgers in any way.

A second hide, ‘Running Water Hide’ which is sunk into the ground and seats three/four, is situated by the end of the largest pond. This location provides an unrestricted eye-level view of the badgers at close range from the front of the hide and a view along two ponds from the side window. Photography flaps are located to the front and side of the hide. This hide is also heated and has two reclining seats and two cushion seats.


A third hide, which also seats three/four people, is situated further down the badger-field near the lower badger sett, just outside the floodlit area

2017 Notes

The badgers were out in daylight last evening, the cete of badgers on our northern boundary have at least 4 cubs, I added another trail camera to the other sett entrance and the videos below will confirm that all the cubs belong in the sett.
Our current visitors managed to see from our “running water” hide two foxes and a badger last night at a range of 3 feet with other badgers and deer also in the seeable area.
The badger cubs out of the rear entrance of the northern sett below:

The two videos below cover the main entrance to the sett:

On the 19th May 2017 the cubs emerged at 8.10pm

2017 Notes

The badger emergence is from 8pm
A badger mum (below) with two cubs close by our “summer” hide,that brings the badger cub total here to 3 so far this year.

A Badger mum and two cubs 2017

A Badger mum and two cubs 2017

2017 Notes

The badger emergence commenced at 8pm last night!! my guess is that the badgers are hungry due to the continued very dry weather that makes earthworms difficult for them to find and the leather jacket pupa are difficult to dig out of the hard ground,!!

Below is a pleasing (for me) video of our northern boundary Cete of badgers all above ground together with the only cub I have seen here this year and there is one more adult in the Cete than I was aware of but I have only been watching one of the two sett entrances with my camera!

I saw the first Mallard duck chick last week along with one Moorhen chick, so I was delighted to see the content of the video below!!

2017 Notes

The badger emergence is around 9pm
I heard the first Cuckoo yesterday morning at 7am it was some where close by and the song was crisp and clear.
The first swallows passed through 2 weeks ago and our resident swallows now appear to have arrived.
The three videos below were taken last night/this morning with one of them showing what appears to be badgers dancing!!