Yew View Badgers
To be featured on BBC Springwatch 2022
In 2015, I had a grand dream... to build an artificial badger sett, in which I would put cameras. We knew we had badgers in another old artificial sett on the grounds of Yew View, so I started planning! With help from Jason Fathers from Wildlife Windows, we created a two chamber sett, using sleepers and drainage pipes. I designed a system to mount the cameras so I could easily remove them for cleaning and maintenance. It took us several days, after the land had been cleared. It was a big project, with no guarantee of success... but I like to dream big! In 2021, we had some cubs born, but sadly they were killed after jut a couple of days, by a passing male. In 2022, I changed one of the cameras for a new PTZ cam, meaning I could move it around, zoom and focus . Before I had a chance to replace the other camera, a female moved in. We call her Peggy. We recognise her by her torn ear.
On Feb 14th, she gave birth to cubs in the chamber, in front of the new camera. It was a dream come true and I could not quite believe what I was watching. I have been told that no one has filmed a wild badger give birth before so this is pretty special! We have called the cubs Romeo and Valentine due to their birthday!
I will be uploading some footage here on this page. It is planned that this story will be featured on a couple of TV programmes. I will not release everything as of yet, until these are aired. At that point, I will upload all the best bits! I am hoping that my footage will help fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge of this secret lives of badgers and how they raise their cubs underground.
To see more blog posts about the badger sett and what I have filmed, check out my blog posts
Badger Cubs in our Sett
I delighted to say that BBC Springwatch will be telling the story of our YewView badgers on the show, due to air at the end of May, into June. I filmed with the crew on site and I can;t wait for more of my this wonderful story to be shown to a wider audience.... you will fall in love with Romeo and Valentine!