I’ve been checking badgers setts. Much spring cleaning is going on, together with changing of bedding and exhumation of old badger bones. This video shows last night’s activity at a south marsh badger’s sett. The marsh is a very active place right now and will get busier as the breeding season progresses.

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Very soon, catkins and leaves of the Island heronry willow trees will hide the herons, their nests, and chicks from view.

Following on from Thursday’s post, this hole in the ground might not be a vixen’s birthing den after all! My camera trap didn’t record fox activity last night, and I wasn’t nipped when I reached in the hole to investigate further. I couldn’t feel the back wall, but a definite foxy smell wafted from the entrance. I’ve been fooled by vixens before; she might be in there cwtched-up with her newly born cubs. Many times in the past, I’ve videoed various animals (potential fox dinners) wandering around outside a den entrance, apparently unaware of a vixen and six cubs tucked up quietly inside. I will put a camera trap at the hole again next week.

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I found large otter pawprints on a deer track along the riverbank, so I put an overnight camera trap there yesterday in the hope of catching it – a long shot in the dark! Today, I set up a camera trap pointing at a hole in the ground that might be the vixen’s birthing den.
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