When planning a wildlife walk I often go with an animal in mind I would like to spot. In my case, it is usually a bird I have never seen before or would like to photograph. But I usually go with an open mind, and what makes the walk really interesting is when I spot something unexpectedly.
During a walk at a nature reserve in Staffordshire with my Mum, we soon found ourselves surrounded by animal holes and homes.
But as we continued walking, we noticed more and more clues which gave us an idea of what type of animals were living here. Had we found a badger sett?
A badger has 5 toes on each foot but their tracks usually only show 4.
A Badger Latrine
Badgers dig small pits for use as latrines which are then left open.
We spotted this fur on some barbed wire near to the sett.
A Badger Sett
A hole far too big for a rabbit, disturbed earth and leaves from digging and what appear to be badger tracks in the wet mud leading to the possible badger sett.
I am planning to set up my camera trap as the last piece of the puzzle to find out if this is indeed a badger sett. If it is, this will be very exciting for me as this will be the first time I have seen a badger and badger sett.