This afternoon I went on a recce to a badger sett I haven’t visited since the summer. It’s on the site of an old quarry. The wooded cliff face at one side and stock-proof fence at the other make it a difficult sett to watch. It’s like a badger fortress, where the badgers always seem to have the upper hand. In 2011, foxes raised a litter of cubs at one end. It’s quite common for foxes to move into part of a badger sett, though I don’t know why the badgers put up with it. Right now there’s no sign of foxes, but the badger paths around the sett look well worn. I’ll be visiting again in the coming months to see what’s going on.
|Fox cubs in the badger sett, in 2011|