Badger Watch

We arrived for our rescheduled badger watch with NHSN on Sunday night prepared for all weathers. After meeting the guide we head off into the woods as the guide points out the various signs of badgers living in the area. We then reach our viewpoint, settle down and wait. The weather was mostly in our favour, however the wind was a little strong for badgers so we kept our fingers crossed.
We waited and waited, but the only things of note for the most of the night were a calling Green Woodpecker and a Great Tit taking advantage of the nuts put down for the badgers.
As the night turned dark a Tawny Owl glided past our vantage point and through the trees without making a sound. This was followed by two close up sightings of Red Fox cubs as they went about their normal business. Just as we were about to give up hope in the dark, I saw a black and white movement near a far tree which turned out to be a badger scratching itself. The view lasted about 30 seconds as the badger headed back down into the hole.


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