Tuesday, April 7, 2009

After a day teaching woodland bird photography at Scrag Copse, I met Dave and Penny Green for a badger watch. This was, surprisingly, my first watch of the year so I was excited to say the least. We only had to wait 30 minutes before the first badger, the dominant sow, emerged and dragged a big pile of bedding underground. She soon reappeared and mooched around the sett mound, quickly joined by two other males. We watched for about 50 minutes, testing the reaction to using laser dots (no reaction at all), red lights (surprisingly wary) and we even used a thermal imaging camera which was a great way to count the badger numbers.
Overall it was a fantastic start to the season and I'm looking forward to the next one on Thursday. If you are interested in a private badger watch for a group of up to 6 people, please contact me via the website www.davidplummerimages.co.uk
Alternatively, contact Sussex Wildlife Trust on 01273 497561 to book onto an organised watch. i suggest booking soon as all the events and available nights are filling up quickly.

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