Enjoy a peaceful, relaxing, self-catering holiday in a secluded mobile home situated in the heart of the countryside.Spectacular views across Cotswolds and floodlit badger-watching facilities within 50 metres of the accommodation
You will enjoy THE EXCLUSIVE use of our three badger-watch hides during your stay
at College Barn Farm, Sibford Gower, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5RY
The conservation project at College Barn Farm commenced in 1987 when Richard & 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 Eight-acre 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 two heated hides and a recently established third hide.
Badger-Watch provides visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful, relaxing, self-catering holiday in a secluded mobile home situated in the heart of the countryside. They can watch badgers and other wildlife at night by floodlight from a warm hide (exclusively for their own use) which is very conveniently situated only about 50 yards away.
A nosy fox caught on camera at College Barn Farm
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 (including an artificial sett) and are regularly viewed – unrestricted by glass – at close range by visitors sitting quietly in the hides.
The main 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. During the winter of 2009 a balcony was added which allows our visitors an elevated view of the badger setts and the surrounding area day and night. 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 breakfast. 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, 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 from the front of the hide and 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. The third hide, constructed in 2006, is situated further down the badger-field on the extremity of the lower badger sett. It, too, seats three/four persons. (details of the hides including photographs can be seen under wildlife notes 2007)
Do badgers like cup cakes?
In think that the answer is in the following two videos.
There were about 50 videos on my camera of badgers visiting the “cake arena” all of the cakes were eaten. The reason for putting the cakes on sticks was to stop mice and voles taking them.
Lots of badger activity last night with 6 badgers having a friendly play around a sett with the occupying badger making sure no other play fighting badger entered the sett.
The badgers obviously knew it was going to rain as more dry bedding went underground before the rain started at 3am this morning
Even the badger in the next sett was moving bedding into its sett while its neighbour “de-flead” after obtaing all the bedding they needed
The fight for supremacy of being the dominant boar badger goes on.
If you watch the video to the end you will note that there is always a badger in the badger sett at this time of the year when young badger cubs are around,a badger appears at the sett entrance from within the sett toward the end of the fight.
Another early morning frost this morning 4th morning in a row that we have had frosts
The badger emergence is still just before 7 pm, the weather is still cold (-2c this morning)
A heavy rain storm occurred last night between 6-8pm I find it amazing that the badgers were changing bedding the night before!! they knew the rain was on its way.
Below is a video showing a badger having a good scratch and by doing so has shown to the camera its underside which appears to me to show that the badger is lactating which is good news
Not such good news is in the photographs below shows a very young dead badger cub which I believe was killed by a “foreign boar badger” when the vicious badger fight that I recoded on our web site took place about a week ago.
I have recent footage of the badger sett concerned and normality seems to have been restored (time will tell)
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The bite marks on the dead badger cub are consistent with an adult badgers teeth..if a fox had killed it the fox would have taken it back to its fox cubs.
The badger emergence is still around 6.45pm
I noticed a fox sniffing around a sett entrance this morning at 5.25am. It did not stay long, but it is obvious why the badger setts containing young badger cubs are NOT left unprotected by the badgers.(there is always an adult with them in the sett)
A very short video below of how fast badgers can run in the dark!!! the first three badgers are running down a well worn badger track the next two are not, there are many obstructions for them to avoid how they do it I do not know.
THIS VIDEO HAS NOT BEEN SPEEDED UP
An interesting VIOLENT evening Sunday evening and a peaceful start to the week this Monday morning!!
In the video below an invading badger boar attempts to takeover the badger sett, fortunately it was repulsed, his failure did not atop him from trying a takeovers on two other badger setts close by.
The evening started off well… see the video below
The video below shows the invader and the fight
The video below shows 13 happy fallow deer at rest
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I am always amazed and somewhat surprised at the amount of wild birds that feed in or around a badger sett entrance
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I have never seen such intense scent marking by badgers as shown in the video below
The first Bat (very early) that I have recorded this year (a 4 second video)
The badger emergence is a little later (as dusk retreats) around 7.15pm our visitors were up until 2am watching them this morning.
Spring is definitely here!!
Three badgers partaking in a little “spring like ” fun in the following two videos
The fun continues
The badger emergence is around 6.30pm.
Our recent visitors espied 8 badgers out together with the first of them coming really close by 8pm
There are three badgers living in a retreat I built for foxes (basically a sleeping compartment with a tunnel in and another out about three feet deep)
I thought that I would just check and see how they were progressing and put my camera observing one of the entrances yesterday….the following video recorded a unique occasion!!
A wet evening last evening, but the badgers knew the rain was coming and were out in force before the rain started to fall. (see the video below)
The badgers also do not like baked beans as they were all left in the frying pan (see video) this morning, the moorhens however ate the sauce!!