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)
The badgers were very active last night (see video’s below), we also have two unused setts now being used by 4 badgers … two in each sett.
The Tawny owl seems to have taken up residence in our small 8 acre wood, I hear it calling every day from close by as I walk through the wood.
I am now pleased to have a video of the tawny owl.. the two eyed look into the camera at the end of the video clip is worth waiting for.
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The camera shy badger or is it a magician able to disappear at will? bare in mind the tree trunk is 10 feet off the ground.
The tree trunk in daylight (below click to enlarge)
On a different subject
Our Springer Spaniel pups are growing up:
Last night the badgers were outside the “Running Water hide at 6.05pm and on the log that crosses one of our ponds at 8.53pm (Click on the image to full size it)
A herd of fallow deer with a stag that I have not seen before came to eat the grass yesterday. I normally mow the grass but have left it for the past month to keep/feed the deer for the next month or so.
I thought this video interesting as it appears that there is still one of this years badger cubs with its parents
The “Rut ” is well and truly on !! I have seen 5 different fallow deer stags of different ages over the past two days in our 8 acre wood
Below is a fallow deer pricket
Below is one of the many roaring stags that can be heard in and around the Traitors Ford cover
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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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.
The fox and a badger seen from our “top Hide”
(Double click twice on the images to full size them) Thank you Lorraine for sharing your experience here last week
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
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