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

2019 Notes

6th July 2019
We have had very warm weather over the past week which in turn affects the badger cubs which emerged at very unusual times during day light hours! (see the 3 videos below)



The badger sett in the video’s above is situated on our Northern Farm boundary quite a long way from any fresh water the badgers have to ravel across two fields to obtain a drink of fresh water and the water is normally obtained by them after 10 pm and before 5 am not therefore during the day.
28th June 2019
A happy looking badger outside its sett entrance (in the video below) situated about 50 metres from our hides,we have 4 active badger setts one of which I know has three badger cubs on our north boundary (now three quarters grown) they are the first badgers to emerge just on dusk which shows me they still have some learning to do (the normal emergence is the hour after dusk)

Happy badger emerging from its sett

Happy badger emerging from its sett

The wild bird life has been very active here this year with greater and lesser spotted woodpeckers, green woodpeckers , resident partridges French and English, many blackbirds and thrushes, yellow hammers, Skylarks, to name but a few of our resident species all breeding!!

15th June 2019
Badgers and foxes (foxes with fox cubs) have been visiting the “Badger playground in front of our hides from about 9.30 pm onward.
Below is “Mrs One eye” she used to live in the play ground sett but moved to save her cubs two years ago.( and still lost two last year due to fighting)
This year however she had three more cubs and so far they look fit and well (watch the short video)

3rd June 2019
A red fox tries to catch a cock pheasant close to one of our badger setts(see short video below)

A deer has a great scratch by the same badger sett

A muntjack passes through our wood with the smallest fawn I have ever seen

3 badgers were spotted last night!! by our visitor along with a red fox lots of birds and a herd of fallow deer (2nd June 2019)
22nd May 2019
At long last I heard the Cuckoo this morning and for 20 continuous minutes
Photographs below taken last evening around 10pm by Shane from our top hide of badgers on the playground trees looking for peanuts. (many thanks Shane)

A badger making sure it was not going to be interrupted by using its acute sense of hearing  and smell

A badger making sure it was not going to be interrupted by using its acute sense of hearing and smell


a badger enjoying the peanuts

a badger enjoying the peanuts


Last evenings badger 8 feet up on their playground

Last evenings badger 8 feet up on their playground

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29th April 2019
A badger last night in the video below finding peanuts that I had hidden earlier on in the evening on one of our “badger playground” trees! They obviously have a wonderful sense of smell

Another badger on one of the other trees in the “badger playground” also finding peanuts (In the video below)

A good close up of the tawny owl (in the video below) sitting on the same tree a little later after the badger had gone, probably awaiting a visit from a mouse.

The clock times on the above videos above should be ignored as they are NOT correct
25th April 2019
The badger last night seemed adept at climbing on to the tree to get a few peanuts.

On the tree looking for peanuts

On the tree looking for peanuts



A Tawny Owl (a frequent visitor) also uses the feeding tree to catch mice
The Tawny Owl looking for food

The Tawny Owl looking for food


The Owl did not stay very long

21st April 2019
I am pleased to say that there have been badgers visiting our badger watch site early every evening (around 9 pm to 9.30 pm every evening for the past two months.
The badgers on our North farm boundary have produced three cubs which emerged for the first time at the beginning of the week (see the short video’s below)

There are as usual two entrances to the Badger Sett below is the video taken last night (20.04.2019)

The bird life at the moment is ecstatic with bird song early every morning and constant showing off by most male species trying to win there partners, I watched three Skylarks yesterday for 15 minutes and have never before seen such a flying display.

It looks like the badgers are using our designated area once again with at least two badgers at once arriving together and performing a pre mating act in front of one of our cameras (see still photo and video link below)

Getting very friendly

Getting very friendly

The badgers in the video below are hungry!! and I believe that they are also in the video above.

On my early morning dog walks (now 7 am) I am listening to Blackbirds and thrushes starting to sing an early morning delight for me.

2018 Notes

The badger emergence is now around 10.15pm
The badger sett to the north side of our farm has produced 4 healthy cubs.
We have been visited by the albino fallow deer and the rest of her followers (see videos below)


The badger emergence time is varied, last night it was late well after dark nearer 11pm than 10pm possibly due to a shower of late rain which brought a lot of slugs to the grass surface which would have interested the badgers.
In the video below we have a female badger up with her 4 cubs:

Then in the next video below the male badger (one eye) takes control/protection while mum is off feeding:

The video below is the first time I have ever seen badger cubs feeding from their mother above ground:

The 4 badger cubs are out having fun in the three videos below:



One of my cameras was upside down with a broken stand this morning but as the last photo was in daylight it was NOT the fault of the cubs more likely a male Roe Deer .
The fox cubs have now increased in numbers to three!! and are now getting much more active and are above ground from 10pm until 3.30am I am just wondering how their mum (a Vixen) manages to avoid the camera??

The badger cubs continue to rapidly grow and their movability is dramatically altered since last week (see videos below)

The badger now with 4 cubs emerge with their mum “One eye” in the video below:

The fox cubs seem to take longer to get active but are starting to move around more briskly,The fox cubs or their parents seem to have ousted the badgers that were resident in the sett that they are occupying as I have not seen a badger emerge from the sett for a while.
(see video below)

A badger with fox cubs?? I have heard that they will live together underground but In have also seen foxes hunting and catching and eating young badger cubs!!

A badger leaves an active badger sett situated behind a walnut tree

A badger leaves an active badger sett situated behind a walnut tree


A little later on the two very small fox cubs appear at the entrance of the same sett!!!

An absolute delight to see 3 well grown healthy badger cubs on the video below this morning, they are located in a sett away from the hides at the North end of our farm being watched by their mum from the sett entrance.

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”
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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?