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 .
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.
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.
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.
Badger emergence around 9pm to 9.30pm
In the video below two badgers do not seem happy with each other?
Two foxes on a badger cub hunt?
I saw this happen last year and the foxes were not successful and one of them lost its tail in the fracas
The badger emergence is now around 8.15 pm and they are back in the sett by 5.15am
A short video below of how the badger destroys the wood pile to find a few peanuts.
See the Vixen (who has cubs by the look of her underneath) retreat from “Whitey’s” herd I the video below
6th April 2017
The badger emergence is between 9pm and 10pm
We had several visits from healthy looking wildlife in daylight yesterday which were captured on our cameras,to see what they were have a look at the videos below.
You will see in the first video I am pleased to report that we now have two albino’s
March 27th 2017
A cool easterly wind but dry under foot at the moment the badger emergence was 7.30pm until the clocks changed!!
I have been seeing red kites and buzzards every day making full use of the stiff easterly wind, the small bird feeders (6 of them) are being emptied on a daily basis by a wide variety of birds including jays , greater spotted wood peckers and the lesser spotted wood peckers, great tits, blue tits, coal tits, etc etc while on the ground underneath yellow hammers chaffinches , black birds ,sparrows etc clear up what the feeders above don’t want.
A recent series of short badger videos below which are pretty much self explanatory: