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)

2014 Notes

The Stags have started their “Rut” I have seen several adult stags of different ages running around our wood, I have also been listening to the continual grunting and other rutting noises that they make.
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The oldest stag that I have seen this week 23.10.2014

The oldest stag that I have seen this week 23.10.2014

2014 Notes

A large stag appeared last evening along with several other fallow deer (not in the video)

The following photographs were taken here recently and are but a few sent to me by one of our visitors, many thanks to Lorraine Skipper for taking the photographs and the time to share them with us all.
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The fox and a badger seen from our “top Hide”

A Fallow deer doe and its fawn in the orchard outside our Mobile Home

A Fallow deer doe and its fawn in the orchard outside our Mobile Home


The Fawn

The Fawn


Fallow Deer in front of the mobile home

Fallow Deer in front of the mobile home

Badgers nose to nose

Badgers nose to nose


Crows and Rooks falling out with Buzzards

Crows and Rooks falling out with Buzzards


(Double click twice on the images to full size them) Thank you Lorraine for sharing your experience here last week

2014 Notes

The Springer Puppies growing night and day

The badgers were being VERY friendly with each other the other evening (well two of them were)


We also had visits from fallow deer

a big  big stag

a big big stag


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2014 Notes

We had a couple of interesting visitors last night which included 2 fallow deer stags
The younger stag

The more mature stag

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Poppy’s puppies, she now has 9 puppies all seemingly doing well

In yesterday sunshine a green woodpecker finds an ants nest and the company of three pheasants.

2014 Notes

A busy badger watch evening in cool clear weather with a fox and two doe fallow deer and a stag visiting the “badger arena”

The badger below just clears the sett entrance of fallen leaves.


a night view of one of  the College Barn Farm badger setts

a night view of one of the College Barn Farm badger setts

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2014 Notes

Black and white badgers… NO Poppy our springer spaniel has produced 11 puppies… guess which one is called spot.

A normally shy Muntjac browsing last evening followed by the extraordinarily strong badgers

A grey squirrel on the same log as the badgers in the photo below

A grey squirrel on the same log as the badgers in the photo below

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Poppy our springer spaniel with her new born puppies

Poppy our springer spaniel with her new born puppies

2014 Notes

The badgers grooming each other under one of our damson trees

2014 Notes

A fallow doe deer and her fawn came back to visit us early this morning

Two badgers eating fallen plum damsons, the stones as well!!
Will one of the badgers climb the damson tree?

2014 Notes

Do badgers take the biscuit?

Do badgers take the biscuit

Do badgers take the biscuit


The answer is yes
Many thanks to Ray & Julie for the photograph taken this week