How Many Badgers use my Garden Path?

December 16, 2013  •  7 Comments

In early December 2013 I had my first success filming a badger walking along my garden path using a battery operated Bushnell trailcam.  The second time I tried it, the pile of peanuts I put out as badger bait was ignored the first night but on the second there were badger visits at approximately 8pm, 9pm, midnight and 5am (precise times on time stamp).  Close and repeated scrutiny has led me to believe these are not all videos of the same badger.  I'd be interested to hear what you think - I have my own theories... :)

Badgers in my garden.Badgers in my garden.


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7.WildImaging
Hi Ian

Great story. Perhaps the badgers thought that if people were mad enough to do that with bottles, they were worth avoiding!

The trailcam is a Bushnell Trophy HD 8MP I believe and apparently the BBC use them a lot. Approx £300 new but they occasionally crop up second hand (as mine did).

Cheers

Tim
6.Ian(non-registered)
My wife has given me an update about the bowling green, (this may go into folk law -:)), someone advised the club to place 1.5L plastic water bottles, full of water, in groups of three at intervals around the green, I think 9 in total. The club reaction was that the idea was daft, but they tried it. It apparently worked and no more trouble! The suggestion is that the bottles glint in the available light, and the badgers don't like them.
5.WildImaging
Thanks Jane. Not sure how I'd find the sett - I wouldn't want to draw attention to it either - but i'll give it some thought.

Cheers

Tim
4.Jane Adams(non-registered)
Looks like the 8pm one is different from the others. Looks a lot wider in the head - but notoriously difficult to tell. Need to freeze frame them in the same position (so that you can see them head on) and put photos next to each other. Would be interesting to find the sett. I leave my camera at the urban sett here without any problems. I just make sure I set it up late afternoon and collect early in morning.
3.WildImaging
Thanks Bob and Ian.

Bob, I've no idea where the sett is but might not feel confident leaving my camera there as we're in such an urban setting (OK in the privacy of my garden I hope).

Ian, this is a high definition Bushnell Trophy model I believe. I'm not sure where the packaging is to confirm the exact model. There is a confusing array of models out there. This seems pretty popular with the wildlife community but isn't as cheap as some.

Cheers

Tim
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