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 emerged early last night and in force
The brave little male muntjac feeding on apples in daylight before they got frosted over last night
An unusual happening two adult muntjacs in the same place at the same time but NOT together
The badger emergence has come back to around 6pm for the first badger with others emerging up to about 8.30 the last one I see go back to the sett is around 4am
The fallow deer are around our orchard at 4pm or before and are now getting toward the end of eating the fallen apples! It is a big help to me them eating the fallen apples as it helps to stop the soil becoming acidic.
A good close up video of the albino fallow deer and some of her followers below.
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The North wind doth blow and it is now noticeably cooler!
Our springer Spaniel pups have performed very well in their 8weeks and 4 days of life see image below (click on the image to full size it)
Buzzards took several days to find the pheasant in the video below that I picked up on an evening dog walk
A short video of close up fallow deer in daylight yesterday.
A muntjac joins the apple feeding frenzy in daylight
Another day another view of the mutjac back here for more apples!!
My friend the largest of all the fallow deer stags that have visited College Barn Farm, (that I know of) has injured his front left leg
A close up in the video below of my old friend the albino fallow deer, she was here early this morning with 11 other fallow deer including at least 3 of her fawns from previous years.
A damp wet week with an easterly wind that has prevailed for more than a month! The wildlife however seems resilient to the damp weather.
recent photos and videos below.
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The superbly coloured green woodpecker in the video below.
The stag with the wonderful antlers was back last night with lots of followers.
The badgers are emerged by 6pm, the fallow deer are here all day, a video of a lonesome stag gaining some sort of nutrient from a tree root below. The stag was in front of the camera for three hours yesterday part of the time lying down.
Badgers and deer a series of videos long and short of footage taken over the past two days
How to lift a rock with one leg by Mr Badger
Back to Mr antlers the stag
One of the younger males in the herd
Last but not least is my good friend the albino
The herd of fallow deer seen in the video below have been in our wood for the last week, early evening they move out to eat the fallen apples close by our Mobile Home.
The Badger emergence is now 5.50 pm
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: