Pale badger captured on camera

A trail camera was placed close to the entrance hole of a main badger sett that has been routinely monitored by SNA over the last two years. The camera was left recording the activity around the sett for four nights, and the pictures captured revealed one inhabitant to be slightly more unusual than the others – a pale Leucistic badger!

The team also carried out a bait marking experiment to learn more about the badger social groups in the monitored sett and two closely neighbouring setts. These experiments work by encouraging badger social groups to eat indigestible coloured pellets, which are then voided into communal latrines. Badgers are highly territorial animals, and latrines often mark territory boundaries. In this way, the original location of the bait and the final location of the pellets within a latrine can be used to define the territories of the badger social groups present.

The results indicated that there may be two badger social groups using the site. A large latrine site had dung that contained red pellets and dung that contained yellow pellets found right next to each other, indicating that this is an important boundary between two social groups. A badger latrine was found with both yellow and blue pellets whilst another had both red and blue pellets. This may indicate that badgers from different setts are foraging in the same areas further from their setts.

As well as the badgers we also recorded fox and muntjac investigating the bait.