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

2022 Notes

Badger Cub Update:
We have finally had some video footage of this years badger cubs. In the below video we can see the sow from our previous video along with her 3 cubs emerging from the sett.

April 1, 2022
Badger Updates:
Below we can see a sow surfacing from one of the badger setts along the top border of our farm in mid march. If you look closely you can see she has visible teats which means she likely has cubs – Although we have not had video footage of them just yet!

Water Wildlife Updates:
We currently have four wild ducks that visit our ponds daily to feed. Here we can see them socialising between the two ponds along with an appearance from a moorhen

Otter Spotted! We have been having a late night visitor to our ponds in the past month – which is lovely to see as they are not common

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Otter Spotted

Otter Spotted

Other Wildlife Updates:
We have had lots of fallow deer & muntjac visiting recently, with the occasional roe deer making an appearance too.
Below we can see a group of 5 fallow deer taking a stroll through one of our wooded areas.

Birds of prey are magnificent creatures – We have a pair of red kites soaring over the farm daily, along with buzzards & kestrels. Below we can see a buzzard caught on camera by one of our deer feeders.

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2021 Notes

The badgers are now a lot more active as the weather warms up and possibility of there being cubs in the sett in the video are two badgers just going back into their sett at about 4 am this morning after having a nightly trip around our farm looking for food, and finding and eating a few hidden peanuts that I leave out for them.

May 15th 2021
Badger cubs soon grow up their behaviour however takes longer and is helped by a caring mother badger

2020 5 badger cubs so far

11.08.2020
We have a pair of Green Woodpeckers with three young ones which seem very noisy compared to their parents and seem to spend a lot of time eating ants that occupy nests under our concrete road.
One of the parents is in the video below looking for food in the tree used for feeding our badgers.

The badger cubs were having fun last night with both parents (see the video below)

26/04/2020
THE BADGER CUBS ARE BECOMING MUCH MORE ACTIVE AND STAYING OUT OF THE SETT FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME

5 Badger cubs with their mum again last night see video below

3 cubs out last night two in the video below

A great surprise this morning to find a video of badger cubs with their mother outside the badger sett at 11.45pm

The mother and father of the cubs have moved setts for the 2nd time in three years as the father who only has one working eye used to live in the badger sett in front of our hides before moving up to the sett in the previous video taken in early 2019 photo.