#30DaysWild – Day 8 Wildlife Footage overload at Yew View!

Since, I was in Ireland last week, I had two weeks of footage from some 25 cameras to catch up with this week! Yew View is always full of wildlife and, whatever time of the year it is, I am constantly thrilled and excited by the wildlife we film on site. I could have so easily done my #30DaysWild just at this single site, as it is just the constraints of time that prevent me from filming and photographing more at this incredible garden!

The footage I always look at first is that at the otter holt. I had checked the cams on my phone, so knew the dog otter had been around. The footage showed that he has been staying overnight every two to three night. He tends to arrive  around 6-7am and then leaves between 9-10pm. I lifted a couple of the best clips that really showcase this beautiful male… he really is in his prime!

In this clip, he appears to be limping, but when he re-emerged the following morning, he was fine!


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Dog otter in_limping 4th June 6.58_00001

My Bushnell also picked him up… this is certainly the closest I have had an otter to my trail cam!


I have also captured some night clips of what appears to be the female and one of the cubs visiting, sniffing around and then leaving..



I am delighted with the footage we are capturing from this holt and I hope the female chooses this site to have her next set of cubs.

The badgers are very busy at the sett, and we have three new cubs on the scene. They are quite big now and, as happened last year, the sow brought them to the artificial sett once they were quite big. They have not visited the camera sett yet, but are now out and about before the light fades so we are getting some super clips of them in daylight. The youngsters appear shorter in the body and are much paler grey. The adults’ coats appear more grey-brown.


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Daylight badger 1st June_00004






These new cubs are quite inquisitive!…


It isn’t just badgers we get here. This fox regularly has a sniff around..


and, amazingly, the leucistic pheasant is still around!


The Kingfishers are still visiting regular but it was two different species on the post that caught my eye this week. Firstly, this wonderful woodpecker duo that visited briefly. The right hand bird is a female Great-spotted Woodpecker and the left hand bird is a juvenile, distinctive with its red cap. They are being seen on the feeders a lot at the moment too.