Sunday, July 21, 2013

Badgers visiting the garden for fallen cherries

We live on the edge of the village which is great as we are surrounded by fields and woodlands. There are a few natural caves dotted around and many untended plots which have reverted to scrub-land that are slowly becoming naturalised with native trees once again.



We see a lot of wildlife in and around La Pasera such as wild boar, deer, pine marten, voles, field mice and red squirrel in addition to the numerous insects, birds and reptiles. We have often seen dead badgers on the main road and knew that they were around but never thought they would be visiting our garden.


At the bottom of the garden we have always left an area as natural as possible. The area is dominated by an old cherry tree, with equally ancient oak, walnut and hazelnut trees. We recently set up our wildlife camera to capture any nocturnal adventures and we were delighted to see a group of badgers foraging on the fallen cherries.


We initially filmed three at once but over the past few night only two have been visiting. We were surprised to see what we think is one of our cats Gawber spying on a foraging badger. It is one of his favourite hang outs and with the weather being so warm at the moment the cats spend most of the night outdoors. You'll spot Gawber's eyes at the top right hand side of the video clip.





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6 comments:

  1. That's SO exciting! I've never seen a real badger in my life.

    Unfortunately, with all our dogs, not a lot of wildlife is brave enough to hang around here.

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    1. I'm sure it does but probably much more wary. The badgers have been every night for the past two weeks.

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    1. Thanks - it's a joy to get the chance.

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