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Badger

Observed: 5th April 2008 By: Gill Sinclair
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeThe Mammal SocietyThe Vincent Wildlife Trust
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Badger
Description:

Released from live-trap having been 'studied', hence blue mark on head.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Fenwickfield's picture

What for

What is the study for as I know there is a lot of controversy at the moment about the TB debate,hope it was on the friend of the Badger and not the other.I also watch a set badger set but don't tell anyone were it is for fear of what may happen.

Fenwickfield

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Badger-friendly study

The badgers of Wytham Woods have been studied for years by 2 scientists from Oxford University who are definitely badger-friendly! They monitor the status of the population and take various samples and measurements before releasing the badgers again. The traps are baited with peanuts and some of the badgers get 'trap-happy' and go back in the next night, hence the need to mark them so they don't get 'studied' twice.

Gill Sinclair
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the naturalist man's picture

Badgers

. . . and there was me thinking you had discovered a new species, the blue headed badger, bit like the Midsomer Murders the other night with a hoopoe which they had painted blue marks on its crest then called it a Namibian blue crested hoopoe - first for Britain! Sorry I'm admitting to watching rubbish but I had to watch it when I knew it was about birdwatchers!

Am I right in thinking this is a very young animal, or is it the camera angle?

Graham Banwell

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Gill Sinclair's picture

Young badger

It was a youngster but a sub-adult/juvenile rather than a 'baby'. It looked very embarrassed about getting caught in the trap but I'm sure will fall for the trail of peanuts trick every survey.

Gill Sinclair
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Fenwickfield's picture

Ditto

That was my reason too Graham only watched because of the nature aspect ! I have just found a new Badger sett it has appeared within the past 8 months and I have invested in a night camera and hope to get some good footage over the next few months but will be keeping the exact area private as they have been persecuted in the past.

Fenwickfield