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Badger sett

Observed: 19th November 2011 By: RefugeeRefugee’s reputation in MammalsRefugee’s reputation in MammalsRefugee’s reputation in Mammals
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Description:

I found this burrow in woodland. I always thought badger setts had several entrances however this only appears to have one. There is thick bramble and there may be another in there. I also found a rotten log with browsing evidence on it There is little human activity inside the woodland as it is fenced. The log was about 30 feet from the burrow.

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Badger

The pile of soil outside the entrance and the torn up log does imply badger. Badgers have more than one sett within their territory. Generally the ones near the centre are multi-holed and can be extremely large. However, they also have satellite setts which may only have one opening, these are often 'bachelor pads' for sub-adult males.

Graham Banwell

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Agree

The single opening was is about a mile from the larger sett and pretty close to a foot path that is used by dog walkers. The big sett is quite a long way from well used foot paths.

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the naturalist man's picture

Badger setts

Badgers can have very large territories where there are no competing family groups. Alternatively it could be a small prospecting sett made by a vagrant male.

Graham Banwell

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Single burrow

No badger foot prints near the single burrow due to scratching by Pheasants on the earth pile. There Pheasant foot prints were clear to be seen.

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