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Badger latrines

Observed: 18th April 2010 By: tweeter
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

Amongst the deep holes of the badgers sett were scrapes into which the badger(s) had deposited their faeces. There were several of these small latrines each filled with droppings of varying degrees of dessication. It did not appear that the Badgers had attempted to cover the faeces.
The sett was extensive covering an area of about 20 square metres and had numerous holes some of which looked old and out of use whilst others had much fresh material outside with fresh footprints. I looked for the badger hairs caught on the overhanging roots but found none. The sett holes were in the soft shallow soils of the Greensand Ridge, a line of distinctive hills made of Lower Greensand which stretches across Bedfordshire.
The two pence coin near to the latrine provides scale.

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Badger

The latrine is badger, the hole has no scale so can only assume it is badger if found near the latrine. If it is over 40 cm across then definitely badger. Saying that the shape, wider than tall, is classic badger. The photo is of an unused entrance, no self respecting badger would allow so much debris to collect in the entrance.

Badgers will have two, three or four setts within a territory. They move around, especially at this time of year. Having spent much of the winter underground the sett will become dirty and flea ridden so they de-camp to a fresher sett. Each sett will have up to a dozen or even more entrances, not all will be used. Also there can be satellite setts where older juvenile males, not quite ready to go out in the world, will live for a while.

Graham Banwell

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