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 .

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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.

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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.

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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

2018 Notes

The badger emergence is now around 9pm due to summer time alterations, nothing to do with the badgers, none of the clocks on the cameras have been reset.
In the video below are two deer young and old males presumably trying to ascertain who is the top male going round and round an active badger sett. I had a brief glimpse of the larger male hobbling in a later video taken on a different camera.

The badger emergence is around 8pm the badgers refreshed their sett with straw bedding before the constant rain. (they must have known it was coming)
Videos below a couple of badgers looking for food hidden around their play ground and a pair of muntjacs looking at ease during daylight.

The badgers are out of their sett starting at 7pm
In the video below are the two NEW residents in the badger sett just behind our walnut tree in front of our two main hides.

The badgers were emerged by 7.30pm last night and “Hungry” (see video below)

A late fall of snow covered all of our flowering daffodils but did not stop a herd of 20 plus fallow deer from visiting the badger arena for a quick munch on any exposed grass. (see video below)

A good looking fox with its fur fully extended picks up a dead mouse (or part of one) as it is that hungry.(see video below)

23rd February 2018
The badgers are outside the running water hide around 7pm for the early badger 8pm for the next and too late for a peanut the 10pm badger. They have now been outside the hide every night for the past 6 weeks.
In the video below is a Red fox (male) towards the end of the video he strikes and appears to have caught his lunch or at least a snack.

10th February 2018
The effort that the badger puts in to obtain a hand full of peanuts is seen in the video below

8th February 2018
The badger emergence is around 6.30pm.
We now have one active sett in front of the badger watching hides hopefully with cubs as the female occupant did not appear at the feeding point for 4 consecutive evenings which at this time of year is a pointer to cubs being born. We also have 4 active setts on the north side of the farm.
The missing female has now resumed her early evening pickup of the hand full of peanuts and fortunately at 7 pm before the other 3 badgers arrived at 8.55pm. See video below of the late arrival badgers.

The birds are starting to sing so spring cannot be far away although the temperature was -6c last night
18th September 2017

The badger emergence is now between 9pm and 11pm depending on the weather with the badgers seeemingly ULTRA CAUTIOUS
A barn owl was seen by one of our recent visitors in an owl box in daylight situated on our boundary by our smallest pond

the barn owl in the entrance to its box

the barn owl in the entrance to its box

Many thanks “Mo” for sharing you experience and the photograph.

The badger emergence is around 10.35pm
The August “Badger Dance”
(in the video below)

A Muntjac fawn in the video below gives its mum a lot of exercise!!!

A badger shows its strength and determination in the video below to obtain a hand full of peanuts


Two of this years badger cubs play fighting on the bank of our smallest pond.

A mallard duck with at least 5 ducklings on its way to the local brook (a field away) visits our smallest and last pond on the farm for a feed and a rest before setting off across a bare grass field to the river Sib (brook).

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A Brown Hare in “good condition” on the bank of one of our top ponds.

Brown Hare

Brown Hare

2017 Notes

9th July 2017
Two very active stoats chasing each other:

Whitey up close:

Two foxes one of which looked subservient to the other:

A close up of last nights visitors!!!

2017 Notes

The badger emergence is around 10.30pm but I have seen badgers and cubs out around 9pm on a windless night.(see badger cub in the video below)
The badger cubs that were in the sett on our northern boundary have moved!! some of them moved to a bigger sett about 75 metres closer to our main sett and the others moved back in to our original main sett.

Our visitors last week from Holland managed to take some super photographs of foxes and badgers many thanks for sharing the photographs with us.

A very alert Badger

A very alert Badger

Wow something smells good and I am hungry says the Vixen

Wow something smells good and I am hungry says the Vixen

That peanut butter was sublime

That peanut butter was sublime

Have you eaten all the peanuts?

Have you eaten all the peanuts?

2017 Notes

The badgers emerge around 9.30 pm.
Lots of Badger movement, the cubs on our northern boundary together with their parents have moved to a bigger sett situated about 50 metres inside our boundary and can be seen in the first two videos below:

A Badger “Mum” brings a cub up to our running water hide in the short video below:

Two squirrels arrives at the “running water” hide in daylight to be first to eat any “goodies”

The Vixen arrives at the “running water” hide in daylight looking for any left over goodies