7th April 2012: Last evening I searched a small privately owned wood close to, but not part of the marsh. The wood has not been maintained and is littered with fallen branches. There are many old and new animal excavations along a steep bank. The ground is very sandy and an obvious favourite place for badgers and foxes to dig their setts and dens: there are many of both.
I placed a remote camera on a tree trunk above a particularly well-defined hole. I didn’t want to spend too much time in the wood, being an obviously active site; I didn’t want to cause unnecessary disruption to the animals. My idea is to locate a suitable fox den and select a lie-up point high on the bank, from which to photograph cubs playing around their den in early evening sunlight – hopefully, during the next couple of weeks.
This morning I crept into the wood to retrieve my remote camera. Almost immediately I saw a fox winding its way through thick undergrowth. There were two images of badgers on the memory card.
This project needs careful planning or I will end up upsetting the animal, making a mess of the small site, and possibly end up with nothing.