The first badger emerged just ten minutes after I had settled down and almost immediately disappeared up and over an embankment only to return dragging some fresh bedding back to the sett. This was repeated four times until a second badger emerged and together they began a spot of social grooming. A little while later the first cub appeared and this was soon joined by another and a playful bout of rough and tumble followed. Two other cubs were to join in the games and it was hard to keep track of each of them as they chased, pounced and nipped each other.
|Mother badger (facing) with four cubs|
The great tits at the stables have now hatched their eggs and are busy feeding the six hungry chicks with good views of them transmitted via the installed camera. A group of visitors had a shock while watching the live footage when wood chips began showering down onto the nest and young. A little while later a woodpecker's head appeared inside the box and snatched one of the young chicks from the nest.
|Great spotted woodpecker|