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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:54 am    Post subject: Badgers  Reply with quote

Does anyone here know anything about Badgers?

I think we have Badgers. The holes are really big, there are lots of them with bedding pulled outside and signs of digging. They also seen to be filling the hole fronts with bedding.  I have sat in the cold for hours in the dusk this time last year approx, put up a wildlife camera, but only seen a fox.

We also have deer, because I have seen those wandering about in daylight just yards away from me.

I think they ( the badgers) moved out last summer, but seem to be back now as there is much activity and paths all over the place. But neighbours haven't noticed any signs.


How shy are Badgers?  

Oh I have also found an area with scrapes with poo in, which makes me think they are back.

( Badgers have been in residence in the past the neighbours tell me they have seen them, but confirmed nothing at all  last year. ) but said owners at the time made a lot of noise!

My dog doesn't react at all to the holes, which is good. If he was a terrier I think I would have a problem as little dogs can get stuck down holes and you can't rescue them for 24 hours as Badgers are protected.

I could get some photo's of the holes etc if anyone is interested, and I would be interested in any tips for trying to spot them.

We have got a wildlife camera, but it suffers a bit from condensation so isn't totally reliable, but I do know we have a fox as it recorded him.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Badgers are extremely shy - you have to be very patient and persistent indeed to catch a glimpse of them, but it's more than worth the effort.

Badgers have a mania for peanuts (the ordinary, monkey nut kind, not salted or dry roasted!) so scattering a good few handsful of them near to the sett (if it is a sett) should encourage them to come out and chow down.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deer - especiially red deer, are a verminous species in Scotland, destroying native woodland.
Either cull at least fifteen thousand of them or re-introduce predators who will do the job without the anti-hunt brigade going sentimental about it.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shaker wrote:
Badgers are extremely shy - you have to be very patient and persistent indeed to catch a glimpse of them, but it's more than worth the effort.

Badgers have a mania for peanuts (the ordinary, monkey nut kind, not salted or dry roasted!) so scattering a good few handsful of them near to the sett (if it is a sett) should encourage them to come out and chow down.


I tried some of those last year and they got eaten but I couldn't catch them eating them.

I wondered if the deer near me have developed a taste for them.

We are going to set up the wildlife camera again, I'll update with what we find.

I know Badgers were there in the past because the neighbours saw them and they chew up people's lawns and grass.

I am wondering if it what I see described on the internet as an outlier sett as they don't always seem to be there.

Last summer there was no trace although we did think they were there this time last year.

Perhaps they use it as a winter home!

It is quite big, there are at least 6 really big holes.

You can see the paths leading away from the holes and they go under a neighbours fence.
There was some hairs caught on the fence but it looked more like fox to me, and our fox has been eating our neigbours chickens and ducks over time.

I have also noticed a trail of egg shells leading from the fence back towards the holes which I think is the fox, but not sure if Badgers will eat eggs.

Neigbours still not seeing anything but lots of activity around the holes.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that there were badgers in the woods behind our house. The only time I was able to verify it was when it snowed, and I saw their pawprints in the snow. They leave prints that look like little five-fingered hands.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cyberman wrote:
I thought that there were badgers in the woods behind our house. The only time I was able to verify it was when it snowed, and I saw their pawprints in the snow. They leave prints that look like little five-fingered hands.


Yes I spotted some yesterday and have managed to get some hairs from the fence where something squeezes underneath. They are about an inch long and are cream at one end and dark at the other.



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It is very coarse.

I don't think that is fox.

What do others think?

We have left a wildlife camera last night and I shall have a look later on to see if we have anything.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This might be a bit clearer



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm lucky, I see badgers a couple of times a year when I'm walking the dogs of an evening.
I can hear them snuffling around in some woodland as we pass by as well.

Once saw a youngster in the middle of the afternoon which was unusual. Once he saw me and the dogs (leashed by the way) he bolted naturally! Unfortunately his escape route was through a fence which had six inch square mesh. He was a bit bigger than six inches girth though so quite a squeeze, but he managed after a struggle!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sebastian Toe wrote:
I'm lucky, I see badgers a couple of times a year when I'm walking the dogs of an evening.
I can hear them snuffling around in some woodland as we pass by as well.

Once saw a youngster in the middle of the afternoon which was unusual. Once he saw me and the dogs (leashed by the way) he bolted naturally! Unfortunately his escape route was through a fence which had six inch square mesh. He was a bit bigger than six inches girth though so quite a squeeze, but he managed after a struggle!


I would love to see the badgers.

I checked my wildlife camera this morning, no badgers but I have captured a picture of a deer. It's infrared at night so the animals eyes shine and it looks kind of spooky.

I don't think it is a muntjac.

I have had the deer come out in the daytime and run around as well as some sort of partridge. I have caught a fox on the camera as well so I know we have those.

I'll keep trying though.

We are hoping to put up an owl box this year and I would also like to put up some bat boxes as we have different sorts of bat.

It's a real wildlife haven.

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