Just under a year ago, I bought a Trail Cam, with which I was hoping to spot some nocturnal wildlife in the garden. However, for a long while, the only things I was catching on it were numerous neighbourhood cats, and occasionally my Dad prancing around in the garden. I was expecting to see something more, especially given that Fox poo used to turn up regularly in the garden, we’d sometimes see them in the mornings or late evenings, and they’d even killed our Guinea Pigs. Yet, there was nothing.
However, one day, our next-door neighbour popped over to tell us that he had spotted a Badger in his garden late one night. I jumped at hearing this and immediately searched for a hole in the fence through which the Badger could be making its way through to our garden. I soon found one and deduced that perhaps the Badger could be making its way through part of the garden and then round the pond, judging by a few squashed plants. Since my trail cam had not been out for a while, I placed it in a position near part of the pond.
After the first night of it being out, there was no badger, but it had caught a Wood Mouse – at last, something but a cat – perhaps I had placed my trail cam in the wrong place in previous nights. (See all videos at end)
After the second night, I nervously uploaded the videos to the computer again, and having seen that a fair number of videos had been recorded, I was hopeful. Once uploaded, I was thrilled to see that I had caught some footage of the badger.
Since then, the badger has come most nights without fail, now seemingly adopting our garden as part of its route every night. The two things I don’t know are whether this is the same badger, and where the sett could be.
Some of the interesting behaviour that the badger has shown is when it has got into the pond, and then come back out again wet, presumably so it can cool down – this was especially during the hot weather.
There is also some footage of the badger digging and clawing viciously at the ground in an attempt to find something. Then, at one point, you can see this something which appears to be a frog, suggesting that the badger is trying to catch it. If you look midway through the video (just after 0:05), you can just see something move in front of the badger’s paws, as well as the animal’s eyes.
Badgers are often not wanted in gardens due to their habit for digging up lawns, and then there is the whole thing about Bovine Tuberculosis, and the problems that this causes, and the need for culls, but I don’t see a reason why they should not be wanted, since they are incredible, stunning mammals.