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Badger Sett ?

Observed: 9th July 2011 By: KevbertKevbert’s reputation in MammalsKevbert’s reputation in Mammals
Badger Sett
Description:

Found this today while walking through a wooded area (chalk based). This was one of at least eight similar holes (observed within 15 metres) dug into a slope and the width of the entrance was approximately 25cm (the others were the same). It's believed that badgers have been reported in the area.
No animal droppings were noted and no smells were apparent (so it's unlikely foxes or rabbits are using these holes).

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Badger Sett
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

the naturalist man's picture

Hole

Not sure on this one, it is on the small side for a badger and a little large for rabbit. Rabbits would, as you suggest, leave droppings on the spoil heap, however, if it is badger it has not been used in a while as badgers would not leave debris in the entrance mouth. Was there any straw bedding etc. on the spoil heap?

Graham Banwell

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