Well, I’ve had two camera traps set up around and pointing into the Badgers’ northern setts for 5 consecutive nights, and all I have established is that there are a lot of rats running riot there, streaming in and out of the setts.
A defleshed badger skull lies upside down in one of the sett entrances; there are 6 setts grouped together at this location. Maybe the rats have been feeding on a badger that died in the sett, and maybe they dragged its skull and a few bones to the surface.
One thing I am certain of is that there aren’t any badgers in residence at the moment, and it’s unlikely that the vixen is denning in any of these setts; maybe she hasn’t denned yet. However, there are many badgers roaming in the marsh and they are most likely using the setts along Stour Hill.
The video shows some of the activity at the northern setts. Immediately to the left and right of the hawthorn tree in the centre of the video are sett entrances. The rats are running between the two setts. I realise that watching rats is a little like watching paint dry, but I think it adds a small amount of excitement to an otherwise boring post. I haven’t posted clips of rats streaming in and out of the setts, or more accurately between the setts, because all that can be seen are fast moving streaks and flashes.