2015 Notes

2015 Notes

The badgers have been emerging around 6 pm until last night when 8pm was the first badger I saw!! they all look in good condition but do vary in size somewhat with the smallest badger being the first to emerge it also has a self protecting temperament!!
The fallow deer have been keeping us company most evenings eating the grass and apples around our Mobile Home
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The carpet of fallen apples without any deer

The carpet of fallen apples without any deer

The fallow deer

The fallow deer

The stag with grass hanging from his antlers

The stag with grass hanging from his antlers

2015 Notes

This years badger cubs have now moved away from their birth sett into close by setts (within 30 metres of the main sett) at least 5 disused entrances are now being used by either a single badger or in one case two badgers.

The badger in the video below has Just moved into (2 nights ago) what I call “Our Fox Retreat”

2015 Notes

It would seem that all of this years badger cubs (now adults) have moved out of their “birth” sett to out lying setts and it would seem to me that some of the females went with them.

That said our last visitors saw 6 badgers out feeding together.
The badger emerging from the sett in the video below is coming out of a sett entrance in the woods behind one of the supports to our badger playground that I did not know was there until last week

a quick removal of leaves (in the video below) indicates to me that the entrance/sett has not been in use for long there are three other entrances surrounding the main sett which have identical leaf movement which would confirm recent occupation there are also several other entrances full of leaves.

2015 Notes

The first badger to emerge last evening arrived outside the Running Water hide at 10.24pm I think that the late emergence was caused by a tractor ploughing a field next door late into the evening.
The badgers can be seen in the video below picking up damsons and eating fallen pears



Our last visitors were visited by a barn owl while watching the badgers, a badger actually walked along the tree trunk that the barn owl was perched on the owl gave the badger some “enquiring ” looks

The fallow deer stags are in the middle of the RUT and we have been having visits from some very large stags with massive antlers which they use on our trees to alleviate their frustrations.(the stag in the video appears to have an injured right rear leg