By popular demand (well OK it was actually only Sarah that asked), here is a post about badgers, along with the one and only badger video that I have ever taken.
Badger Sett Entrance
I have spent hours waiting for badgers in our nearby wood. Hours and hours and hours… and then some more long, leg cramping hours staring at brown holes in the ground – including the one above.
I’ve heard the stripey critters plenty of times. Usually they wait until it’s totally pitch black and then all come out and dance around in front of me. That’s what it sounds like…. I can’t see a blinkin thing! In the last four years I have probably seen them no more than three times – and then only fleetingly.
The trouble with my badgers is that they are “urban”. Gradually enclosed by houses, their sett is a small oasis of woodland in a concrete desert. They don’t like people, and they don’t like light!
We think the sett is more than 40 years old. My husband and his sister can remember seeing the sett when they were kids and used to play in the same wood.
I had to use the very under-powered infra-red light on my video camera to take this film below, but as your eyes get used to it, and you spot the black and white striped face, it’s not too bad.
I’m very worried about this family of badgers. The proposed new housing development in Corfe Mullen will take away their nearest foraging fields, while kids already ride over their sett with BMX bikes and stuff the sett entrances with plastic bags (that I promptly take out and report to the police).
It used to be a large sett, with many badgers. Now I estimate there are no more than 2 or 3.
It’s sad to think that I may have filmed the last of the Corfe Mullen “urban” badgers.