BAD­GER­ING

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Mouth -

Bad­gers are still mat­ing in March, with plenty of in­ter­ac­tion within and be­tween ter­ri­to­ries. Setts typ­i­cally lie on slop­ing ground, and suites of tun­nel en­trances ad­ja­cent to spoil heaps are a give­away. To con­firm that the un­der­ground home is ac­tive, ex­plore the sur­round­ing area by day. Look for dis­carded straw bed­ding, fresh paw prints along ‘bad­ger­ways’ that ra­di­ate out­wards, or coarse hairs trapped on barbed wire. If the signs are en­cour­ag­ing, re­turn shortly be­fore dusk, choose a con­cealed spot down­wind of the sett, and wait for Bri­tain’s largest sub­ter­ranean mam­mal to per­form.

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