Since the Spring of 2013, I've been videoing and recording badgers on my land. Last year we counted 2 badgers regularly visiting feeding sites, with a short glimpse of a young one. This year, having located the sett, we've discovered there are 3 active adults at least in the sett. This will be where the camera trap will be located from now on!
Also visiting regularly from further afield, are two foxes - and these also sometimes feed alongside the badgers, something we hadn't seen before. Although, the badgers are the boss, and the foxes give them their space.
Checkout the night time footage of the badgers entering and leaving the sett, and feeding :
The foxes that visit are hopefully a male and female, and are both in good health - so if all goes according to plan, we should see some young ones in the summer time. Here's some footage of the fox and badger barely tolerating each other:
I use a trail cam, or camera trap as some people call them. The product I use is a Bushnell Trophy Cam Max HD, and is a cracking piece of kit for finding and recording wildlife. It records HD video and 8mp still jpg images via a remote trigger on the front of the unit, at night Infrared provides the light via "black" led's that are invisible to the animal, but visible to the camera. I usually use some bait to get the animals in front of the camera, but I locate the camera at their known visiting points anyway, the food just helps to get good clear shot for a good time.
I'll be updating this blog with any more footage we get from the site, so please check back regularly for updates on our badger family and visiting foxes. And who knows, if all goes well, we may have footage of badgers
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