Badgers don't hibernate so are still actively searching for worms and other grubs along with the last of the autumn fruits including here at Gibside lots of yew berries. In really hard icy conditions or after heavy snowfall food can be hard to find so they may lie up for a day or two waiting for easier conditions. This month will see the sow (female) badgers beginning to give birth to their new cubs.
|Badger cub with two adults|
Roe deer are easier to spot in winter when much of the tall vegetation has died down. These are often encountered in small family groups of a doe with last years kid(s). The bucks meanwhile having shed last years antlers are busy growing new ones protected in a covering of velvet. Occasionally does, usually older ones, may also grow a pair of rudimentary antlers which usually remain covered in hair and are perennial and not shed unlike those of the bucks.
|Roebuck with antlers recently shed|
|Roebuck with growing antlers in 'velvet'|
|Roe doe with 'antlers'|