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Miked's 223rd spot submitted on 6th August 2009

Observed: 24th June 2008 By: miked
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badger droppings? why all the cereal in the droppings?

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Droppings

From the shape I would agree badger. Even the cereal grain in the droppings are not unusual, badgers are walking dustbins and will eat anything that is easy pickings; plant, animal, living, dead, long dead....! Badgers can not digest celulose well, therefore, cereal would pass through the gut relatively untouched.

Was this found along a badger run? It is clearly not a boundary marker as it is not in a well used latrene (a shallow, bare depression in the ground). Badgers will defecate anywhere when away from the sett.

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it was in a meadow, each year

it was in a meadow, each year when i visit the meadow is flattened down in some areas which looks rather like badgers running around

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Badgers

They'll be flattening the crops to get at the heads, very tasty but as you can see not very nutritious as the seed passes straight through.

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