A few weeks ago we received some fantastic videos of badgers enjoying the sunshine in one of our woods in Scotland from badger recorder Chris Hydes. Badgers appear to have thrived this summer as they flourish on the warm and wet conditions that have been evident across Scotland this year!
Chris has been using a remote camera to keep an eye on the badgers living in the wood for a number of years. This summer he was astonished to discover a huge clan, or family, of badgers with a total of five cubs. They usually have no more than three cubs, and even then it is unusual for them all to survive. See the video here.
We’re used to thinking of badgers as nocturnal creatures, but at certain times of the year they can be very active during the day. There is a big peak in activity each year which is catalysed by the cubs but adults come out too, sometimes to look for the cubs, or look after them, but quite often for their own purposes, particularly a good scratch, and visiting the latrines.
Chris is planning to set up a website to share his videos on, but in the meantime you can see all of his videos on his youtube channel.
Rory Syme, PR and Communications Officer (Scotland)